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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Mar 29, 2016

Scott Cornwell ( is a board certified executive coach. He has been a successful sales and human resources executive at companies of all sizes. His latest work in leadership development at Bank of America. He brings a unique background to his executive coaching work at the Center of Intentional Leadership (Center of Intentional Leadership) and a group he cofounded called “the foundation” which is provides the foundational building blocks for life, career, relationships and faith for men in Charlotte, NC.

In the conversation we cover a lot of ground, including:

- What Leadership really is

- What is the Trust Stool?

- Why it's so important to be aware an present in your career

- What is the most important leadership competency 

- The elusive myth of the executive presence

- How you be more present everyday

- Why the little things matter a great deal

- How to be culturally aware

- Why soft skills are probably the most important skills in career advancement

- Why there is no perfect culture

 -How professionals can help shape culture

- Find self help development items that help shift your perspectives

- Why the leadership 360 assessment of yourself is critical

- Take leaps of faith in finding mentors

- Why mentors are seeking two way value 

- The keys to be authentic

- Focus on being effective vs being efficient in your career

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Mar 22, 2016

This episode I sit down with Rachel Sullivan. She is the Director of Global Sales Training at Zeltiq best known as CoolSculpting. The company whose revolutionary technology freezes fat cells and makes us trimmer. She and has spent the majority of her professional career developing relationships, evaluating talent, and developing them into the best version they can be. Engaging, authentic, and pretty wouldn’t due her justice. If that isn’t enough, she moonlights as a recording artist in New York City and has released multiple albums.  Follow her on twitter @ladyboss.

In this conversation we cover a lot of ground, including:

  • Why networking is the most important thing you can do as a professional
  • Make things make sense you in order to really know it
  • Educating yourself online should be a standard
  • The concept of 'Managing Up' and why it needs be cultivated
  • Why being proactive is a critical way to move up in an organization
  • Why being a little political in an organization is never a bad move
  • The reason why setting aside your emotions in professional settings
  • It's ok to get angry with things at work, but you have to do it offline
  • Leaders not only need to see something today but in contrast for what it could be
  • Why Leadership is all about Sales
  • Why business and leadership is personal
  • Extreme behaviors can provide opportunities
  • Motivation and coachability have to be demonstrated in the workplace
  • No one is really looking at you when you are a young professional
  • How to apply Wedding Crashers to business
  • How to attract positive attention to you in business
  • Act first and ask for forgiveness later (for the most part)
  • How Music connects the left and right brain

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Mar 16, 2016

This episode I sit down with Brian Parsley (@brianparsley A world renowned public speaker who travels the world motivating professionals to get more out of themselves.  

In this conversation we cover a lot of ground, including:

  • Brian's stellar high school GPA of 1.33
  • Why we should focus on our strengths instead of our weaknesses
  • Why we all need accountability partners, not named Serena Williams
  • How do you go about finding an accountability partner
  • Why our psyche matters for motivation
  • Why reading is like smoking cigars and sipping scotch it looks sexy but it just doesn't taste good to Brian
  • Why understanding your learning style is critically to improving to developing yourself
  • How the Dalai Lama of Uber opened his eyes to leaders being everywhere
  • All you have to do is do the little things to stand out as a leader
  • Who's photo do you look at first in the group picture?
  • Why communication is so important in leadership
  • We aren't always going to agree but thats ok
  • Brian does his best Donald Trump impersonation 

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Mar 16, 2016

In this episode I sit down with expert consultant Meredith Wailes.  Meredith is the President at Bloom Leadership ( and Partner at RJP a best in class recruiting firm.  She brings her energy, insight, and a wealth of experience to help develop executive leaders.

In this conversation we cover a lot of ground, including:

  • Companies use traditional methods to promote and why its wrong
  • Most important leadership traits to develop: goal oriented, drive, social skills, and emotional intelligence
  • Why it's important to get comfortable with being uncomfortable
  • Make the choice to be intentional about finding opportunities to learn
  • Go out of your way to build professional relationships
  • Her favorite way to get away and relax
  • How to be proactive to start your day instead of reactive
  • The best meditation app

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Mar 16, 2016

In this episode I sit down with Jurgen Heyman @jurhey. Jurgen has a story worth listening too.  He is an executive vice president at Sales Performance International, a global sales performance improvement company  (  

In our conversation we cover:

  • The importance of being proactive in order to find new business opportunities and roles in organizations
  • No one wants to be told what to do, people will notice what you do more than what you say
  • How important self awareness is in order to make professional progress
  • Why finding a mentor or mentors is so important in business
  • How culture around the world changes leadership
  • You can't really manage people, you can impact and influence people
  • And much more

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