Follow My Lead: Developing the Leaders of Tomorrow with John Eades

Every week on the Follow My Lead podcast, John Eades interviews exceptional leaders to extract their secrets and best practices to transfer knowledge to the leaders of tomorrow. The show focuses on helping modern professionals be better prepared to lead themselves and lead others. Popular topics include: Leadership, Management, and Motivation
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Jan 22, 2019

“If you want to be a better leader focus on what is the next thing you need to do be a better leader. It’s a quest, not a destination.”

In season 19 episode 4, we are joined by Andrew Davis a bestselling author and internationally acclaimed keynote speaker. You can follow him on Instagram @drewdavishere. 

In the conversation we cover:

  • Why you should be looking for the next career opportunity
  • Why you should tell your leader where you are trying to go
  • Why you shouldn’t use fear as a motivator
  • Why it’s important to connect to the emotional side of others
  • How to tell better stories to create an emotional connection
  • What has changed about marketing leader must know
  • How to think about leadership today
  • What is the difference between leading a team and being a soloprenuer

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Jan 15, 2019

“Worry less about your title and focus on who you are becoming as a person.”

In season 19 episode 3, we are joined by Jordan Montgomery.  He is a performance coach and keynote speaker and founder of the Montgomery Company.  

In the show we cover:

- How to discern career moves?

- Why is having a growth mindset so important?

- Why focus is so important

- What can you do to be more focused

- Why relationships matter so much in 2019

- How to find key relationships on your journey

- Why reading is such an important habit

- How to be unique and why it’s important

- How to live out your passion

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Jan 8, 2019

“Don’t treat the symptoms treat the fundamental cause of culture issues”

In season 19 episode 2, we are joined by Phil Burgess.  He is the Chief People Officer at C Space. Their journey from a toxic culture to an exceptional culture has been just that, a journey.  In this real life and revealing conversation, Phil shares what the team has done to improve culture and drive results.

- What causes a company to need a culture change

- Why employee engagement is so important

- Why business results change when you fix the culture

- Why culture change takes time

- What is the value of improving the culture

- How to get people on the culture change bus

- What can a company do to get the company to change

- Why transparency is a catalyst for culture change

- Why core values help drive culture

- How to lead culture with remote workers

- What to do if people don’t buy into the culture

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Jan 2, 2019

“Those leaders who truly embrace being a steward of other people's time are the most successful at leading meetings”

In season 19 episode 1 we are joined by Dr. Steven Rogelberg.  He is a Professor and Director of Organizational Science at the University of North Carolina Charlotte.  He also authored the new book, The Surprising Science of Meetings.  

In the show we cover:

- Why do professionals hate meetings?

- Why you should change your meeting times

- Why you should think harder about your meeting times

- What’s the proper size of a meeting

- What is social loafing

- Should you have strategic or tactical meetings?

- Why you should invite the right people to meetings

- Why self-awareness is so important?

- Should you have walking meetings?

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Dec 18, 2018

“Coming up with excuses takes more energy than coming up with the solution”

In Season 18 episode 8 John Eades is joined by Farshad Asl.  He is a serial social entrepreneur, regional director at Bankers Life, founder of Top Leaders, Inc., Amazon best selling author and John Maxwell certified coach. 

In the conversation John and Farshad cover:

- What success really is?

- What's living intentionally?

- What's the rule of 5

- What is the no excuse mindset

- Why you should be the encouraging voice in someone else’s life

- Why you should focus on others

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Dec 11, 2018

"The whole point of feedback isn’t to make yourself feel good or to show your power as a leader it’s to help adjust behavior to improve future results"

In season 18 episode 7, John Eades closes out the versus series with a very important topic, what's better coaching or feedback?

In the show he covers:

  • What is coaching 
  • What is feedback
  • How are coaching and feedback different
  • When is the best time to use coaching
  • When is the best time to use feedback
  • Good coaching questions to ask
  • How to deliver feedback that works

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Dec 4, 2018

"Leaders absolutely make a difference whether someone is engaged versus satisfied at work."

In season 18 episode 6, John Eades continues the Versus series exploring the difference between Engagement and Satisfaction.  

In the show he covers:

- The definition of engagement

- The definition of satisfaction

- Why leaders should care 

- What leaders can do to increase engagement

- What makes men happy?

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Nov 27, 2018

"The primary mission of a leader is to raise people up around them both professionally and personally."

In season 18 episode 5 John is joined by Father Mike Schmitz.  He is a priest for the Diocese of Duluth, MN. He currently runs the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and is also the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the diocese. Known nationally for his inspiring homilies, videos, and podcasts. 

In our conversation we cover:

- What to do when willpower runs out

- Why the environment you create is so important

- How do you balance what you are called to do

- What's the primary mission of a leader

- Why we have to be aware of our seasons in life

- How to create a culture of excitement

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Nov 20, 2018

"There is a difference in grateful versus thankful and knowing this difference can make you more powerful in your communication with others."

In season 18 episode 4, John Eades continues the Versus series exploring the difference between Grateful and Thankful.  He also challenges you to come up with your own Thankfulness list.  

In the show he covers:

- The definition of grateful

- The definition of thankful

- Why know their differences can be powerful

- E + R = O

- Why you should come up with your own Thankful list

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Nov 13, 2018

"You were not meant to observe you were meant to participate"

In season 18 episode 3, John Eades starts a new series called Versus which explores various aspects of leadership when you choose one thing versus another.  This week he explores observing versus participating and 4 things you can do to be a better leader at work regardless of your role.  

In the show he also covers:

- The Leadership Compound Theory

- The PTS Method

- How to create better outcomes

- Why it's important you break down silos

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Nov 6, 2018

"Doing what is right is always right"

In season 18 episode 2, John Eades covers two types of communication and which one is more important as a leader.  

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In the show John covers:

- The difference between verbal and visual communication

- The definition of behavior

- A great example of a special Olympics teammate that modeled leadership

- Three types of communication styles

- Why it's important you allow yourself to be human

- Why you can't forget you will be tempted

- What you can do if your behavior is suffering




Oct 30, 2018

"You don’t need permission to lead, instead, you have the power to choose to lead"

In season 18 episode 1, John Eades covers the important topic of Permission in leadership.

In the show he covers:

  • The definition of leadership
  • What is permission and should you care
  • 5 Ways to pursue leadership
  • Why the corporate leadership system is broken

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Oct 16, 2018

“The culture is driven towards recognizing talent but in business, skills get you hired and character gets you fired.”

In season 17 episode 8 we are joined by Joel Freeman.  He is the CEO of the Freeman Institute, author, speaker, and leader.  In one powerful interview Freeman and Eades cover:

- What character is so important

- Why values are more caught than taught

- What is the biggest mistake people make when it comes to race

- Why communication is so important

- What responsibility do leaders have in bridging the race gap

- Why is the diversity of thought so important on team’s today?

- Why the act of commitment is so important

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Oct 9, 2018

“People want to go somewhere with someone who knows where they are going.”

In season 17 episode 7, we are joined by Tyler Dickerhoof.  He is an experienced entrepreneur who mixes faith, health, parenting, and marriage make a big impact on the world.  

In our discussion we cover:

The 4 Pillars of Life -  Work, Faith, Family Health

- Ways to prioritize health

- How can leaders be healthier

- Why Passion is so important in leadership

- How leadership is different from direct employees vs non-direct

- How important is the law of attraction

- Why belief and confidence is so important in leadership

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Oct 2, 2018

“We don’t live our lives on the mountaintop, we can find great joy and ultimately peace in what happens in the valley.”

In season 17 episode 6 we are joined by Shawn Askinosie.  He is the author of Meaningful Work and Founder of Askinosie Chocolate.  His story and life are ones anyone can learn from.  

In the podcast we cover:

- Why finding your purpose is so important

- What causes us to lose our passion?

- What is the rule of life

- How important is consistency in life and leadership

- How to make a big decision in life and leadership

- Why business isn’t just about making money

- What role does a leader have in helping people know they are alive


Sep 25, 2018

“We live up to the labels that are given to us”

In season 17 episode 5 we are joined by Mareo McCracken.  He is an advisor, writer, coach, and Revenue Officer at Movemedical. In our conversation we cover:

-What do most leaders care about; people or results?

- How does a leader not just say they care about their people?

- Why is confidence so important?

- What is self-esteem?

- What role leaders play in the development of confidence and self-esteem

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Sep 18, 2018

"A leader's visions must go beyond what the eyes can see"

In season 17 episode 4, John Eades covers the purpose trifecta in an effort to help you lead your team better.  In the show we cover:

- 3 types of people

- The purpose trifecta

- How to onboard a new team member

- What is being mission focused

- Why you must define core values

- Why you should be a visionary leader

- How to think about vision

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Sep 11, 2018

"If you don’t have a game plan around accountability as a leader you shouldn't even try" 

In season 17 episode 3 we are joined by Todd Weiden.  He is the head of Branch Transformation at SunTrust Bank.  He has led teams and people for over 10 years with incredible results.  In the episode, he shares incredible lessons about:

- How to look for promotional opportunities

- How to turn around a team as a leader

- Why You should use a spark to get a team going

- Why You Have to Invite Your Team to Perform Better

- How to be Creative With Content As a Leader

- Why Consistency is so important

- Why Communication is critical to the success of any team

- How content can help build accountability and skill

- Why are priorities so important in leadership

- How to handle underperforming people

- How to think about accountability

- What’s the best way to think about hustle

- What’s harder leading at home or leading at work

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Sep 4, 2018

"When you set standards and you allow your people to choose to meet or exceed them you get an entirely different response."

In season 17 episode 2, John Eades and Mark Houston go through the 5 Leader Profiles of the Welder Leader Assessment to help you on your leadership journey.  

In the conversation we cover:

- Where the welder leader research started

- Why Dabo Swinney is a great example of a Welder leader

- How should leaders define love

- How should leaders define discipline

- Examples of all 5 leader profiles

- Why it's important to help someone be at their best

- What do you do if people aren't meeting standards

- What do you do if you are a manager, ruler, pleaser, dabbler, or welder?

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Aug 28, 2018

“A leader shouldn’t just care about the job getting done but care about the person as a human being”

In season 17 episode 1 we are joined by Connie Hawkins. She is a master encourager and shares lessons about the power of encouragement you can't find anywhere else.  

In the episode we cover:

- What is encouragement

- Why is giving encouragement so important

- How can we all be better encouragers

- Why everyone needs encouragement

- Why are so many people discouraged today

- What happens when someone rejects discouragement

- What role should a manager play in encouraging their people

- What role a spouse should play in encouraging their husband or wife

- Why spouses give up too early

Aug 21, 2018

"The ability for a group of people to do remarkable things hinges on how well those people can pull together as a team."

In season 16 episode 8 John Eades covers teamwork and why it's so important to the success of any leader. 

In the podcast you will learn:

- 2 great examples of teamwork from the game of soccer

- How to run a meeting that encourages teamwork

- Why you have to change your mindset in order to have great teamwork

- How to make each member of the team feel valuable

- The three most important words a leader says to their people

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Aug 14, 2018

"Talented people are not attracted to empty core values, but rather the exercising of them."

In season 16 episode 7, John Eades covers some of the most important content ever covered on the show, 10 Tips to Effectively Lead a Team.  

In the show we cover:

- Why leading a team is so hard

- The 3 big elements of leading a team

- The two C's of leadership

- Why relationships are so important in leadership

- How to define core values

- Why having a safe and connected environment is so important

- How to coach for both short-term development and long-term growth

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Aug 7, 2018

“If you feel unqualified and out of your element, that’s the job you should take.  Follow your joy”

In season 16 episode 6 we are joined by Joanne Tate. She is an incredible leader who transformed schools and made an impact on students.

In our conversation we cover:

- What is the arch of a career?

- Why resisting a new job is ok

- Why core values, vision, and mission are so important

- What is the impact of leading the correct way

- Why culture is so important

- How often should a leader think about their impact

- Why relationships are so important in leadership

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Jul 31, 2018

“Talent is the unique way you think, you feel, and the way you act”

In season 16 episode 5 we are joined by Tim Hiller. He is a former NFL and Division 1 college QB. Today, Tim leads the Talent Management function of the Instruments division of Stryker, a Fortune 500 medical technologies firm based in Michigan.

- Leadership lessons learned from the football huddle

- Lessons learned from Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning

- Why commander’s intent is so important

- What is leadership?

- Why expectations are so important?

- Why talent is so important towards your success

- The difference between telling and asking

- How do you get your people to serve?

- How to look for talent

- Why striving is so important

- How to bring faith to work in a large organization

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Jul 24, 2018

"Spread leadership at all times, only use words when you have to."

In season 16 episode 4 John Eades covered the most important decision you have to make as a leader.  

In the episode we cover:

- Did you choose leadership or did it choose you

- What does it mean to be a leader

- Why knowing the definition of leadership isn't enough

- Why your example and the model you provide matters

- Are you interested or committed to being a leader?

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