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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Jun 12, 2018

“Successful crisis management requires effective simultaneous communication and action”

In season 15 episode 6 we are joined by Melissa Agnes. She is a leading authority on crisis preparedness, reputation management, and brand protection. She is also the author of Crisis Ready:Building an Invincible Brand in an Uncertain World.

In the conversation we cover:

- What's the difference between a crisis and an issue

- How to lead effectively through crisis

- What to do if crisis strikes your organization or team

- Why you must focus on action and communication in crisis

- Why crisis management is really about people

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Jun 5, 2018

"Emotional Intelligence is the ability to make emotions work for you, not against you."

In season 15 episode 5 we are joined by Justin Bariso.  He is an author, speaker, consultant and one of's most popular columnists. He just released his new book EQ Applied: The Real World guide to Emotional Intelligence.

You can get the book here.

In the conversation we cover:

- What is emotional intelligence

- Why is EQ so important

- Can someone be trained to improve their EQ?

- 6 Surprising Ways to Build Emotional Intelligence

- Why empathy is so important in leadership

- How to influence others like FBI agent Chris Voss

- How do you develop EQ in kids

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May 29, 2018

“In order to improve performance reviews for your people you must collect data from more people than just yourself.”

In season 15 episode 4 we are joined by Dave Needham.  He is the CEO of Ohos a real-time feedback and performance evaluation software company. 

On the show we cover:

- How often should performance review be done?

- Why performance reviews are broken?

- How the best leaders do performance reviews

- How leading and lagging indicators play into performance reviews

- How managers think about improving performance reviews

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May 22, 2018

“If you change yourself, you can change your organization and it will make you happier.”

In season 15 episode 3, Whitney Johnson joins us on the show.  She was named one of the world's fifty most influential management thinkers by Thinkers50 in 2017. She is also the author of the bestselling Build an A-Team (2018) and Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work (2015).

You can learn more about here.

In the conversation we cover:

- How to define success

- How do optimize your own learning curve

- How do you optimize the learning curve for your people

- How do you not get complacent when running your team

- How the best leaders help their people grow?

- How much the size of an organization play into the opportunity for growth

- How to become a talent magnet and build an ‘A’ team.  

- What is harder leading at work or leading at home?

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May 15, 2018

“People are hungry for authentic and hungry leadership”

In season 15 episode 2 we are joined by Ryan Estis.  He is a highly sought-after speaker and trainer who supports some of the world's leading brands. 

You can learn more about Ryan here.

In our conversation we cover:

- Why watches matter

- Why time is our most valuable resource

- Why people are hungry for great leadership

- How Edward Jones provides a great example of leadership

- How you change an unhealthy organization

- What does the future of work look like

- Are people at an advantage without kids?

- What is one of life’s most interesting questions

- 2 daily questions you should ask yourself daily

- Why you should live with no regret

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May 8, 2018

In season 15 episode 1 we are joined by Sue Hiser.  She is the author of "Your Epic Adventure: A 90 Day Personal Challenge" To get us started in season 15, John has created a 90 Day leadership challenge we hope you join us on.

In the podcast we cover:

- The 90 Day Leadership Epic Adventure

- What is an epic adventure?

- How does someone hold themselves accountable

- Why 90 days is so important to do something epic

- Why you should think about a pacifier when in doubt

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May 1, 2018

"Don't neglect your personal power to influence others in a positive way."

In season 14 episode 8, John Eades covers a story with Jimmy Collins the 3rd employee at Chick-fil-A around how Truett Cathy got "It's My Pleasure" a part of its culture.

In the podcast we cover:

  • Chick-fil-A personal power story
  • How to give great feedback 
  • The difference between "will" and "skill"
  • How to think about leadership differently
  • Why it's important to stretch how you think about leadership

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Apr 24, 2018

"Without being proactive, your gift of patience might never become a positive."

In season 14 episode 7, John Eades encourages you to continue to pursue your journey one day at a time.  

In the show he covers:

- The incredible story of Abraham Lincoln

- A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step

- Why patience is so important in your professional journey

- Why patience without proactivity is a mistake

- How to use courage to help your journey

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Apr 17, 2018

“If you got the news you had 6 months to live, how would your life change”

In season 14 episode 6 we are joined by Todd Gongwer.  He is the author of "LEAD...For God's Sake," a speaker, and trainer.  You can find out more about Todd here or follow him on Twitter

In our conversation we cover:

- What is the secret to success and longevity in life?

- How to think about ambition

- Why the concept of limited time is so important

- Why you should contemplate the consequences

- Why leadership goes beyond influence

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Apr 10, 2018

“When the brain is in a positive state it thinks more clearly, more creatively and it problem solves better”

In season 14 episode 5, Amber Selking of Selking Performance joins us.  Dr. Selking serves as the Mental Performance consultant for Head Coach Brian Kelly and the Notre Dame Football team, hosts a weekly podcast entitled "Building Championship Mindsets." She also founded The Selking Performance Group which emphasizes the power of Mindset and Leadership to drive lasting change in individual lives, athletic teams, businesses, and organizations.

In our conversation we cover:

- How to create an environment conducive to high performance

- What is a Championship Mindset?

- How does someone go about building strong positive beliefs

- Her favorite leadership lesson from legendary football coach Lou Holtz

- Why Jeremiah 29:11 is an influential scripture in life

- Why you can be transformed by your mind

- One of the best social media tactics you will ever hear about

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Apr 3, 2018

"Your actions and behavior play a massive part in the perception others have of you."

In Season 14 episode 4, John Eades covers a topic we get asked all the time, "How do get a promotion and be looked at as a leader in my organization?"  

While results are a major part of the answer it's only one part.  How others perceive you is another. In the episode, John covers the 5 P's of perception:

  1. Presence Online
  2. Professionalism
  3. Positivity
  4. Passion
  5. Proactivity

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Mar 27, 2018

“Leadership isn’t a one on many game, it’s a one-on-one game.”

In season 14 episode 3, John Eades delivers a keynote on the "5 Principles Welder Leaders Get Right."  The talk was delivered to Called2Business a group of professionals working to bring their faith to work. 

In the talk John covers:

  1. Model Leadership
  2. Develop Relationships Based on Trust
  3. Standards of Set the Tone
  4. Empower Others to Make Decisions
  5. Maximize with a Mantra

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Mar 20, 2018

"Why would you prevent or limit yourself from flourishing because of your age?"

In season 14 episode 2, Elizabeth Louis joins the show. She founded Elizabeth Louis Coaching, where she is passionate about empowering people to become the best version of themselves both in their personal and professional life.  

You can follow her on instagram or on her website.

In our conversation we cover:

- Her interesting personal story though modeling and personal struggle

- How to find passion as a young professional

- How to handle the age question

- What we can learn from generational differences

- Why it's important to have a coach

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Mar 13, 2018

“Set extremely high goals and it will encourage people to no end”

In season 14 episode 1 we are joined by Chris Elmore.  He is a co-founder of AvidXchange and current Company Evangelist.  He is also the author of 8 books, an adjunct professor, and public speaker.  

You can learn more about AvidXchange here or check out Chris here.

On our conversation we cover:

- How hard is it to keep going when the results aren’t happening?

- Why is personal brand so important today?

- Why setting goals are so important

- Why you should define a family culture and values

- Why your social media updates matter

- How learning can impact your career

- How soon should an entrepreneur think about culture and leadership?

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Mar 6, 2018

"Your culture is not just your tradition. It's the people in your building who carry it on"  Brad Stevens

In season 13 episode 8, John Eades covers the 5 Rules of an Elite Culture. Regardless of your role on your team in your organization, you will be sure to learn something to help improve your culture.

John covers:

- What the word culture comes from

- His favorite definitions of culture

- Description of the 5 levels of company culture

- 5 rules Elite cultures live by

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Feb 27, 2018

"If your actions inspire, empower and serve others to produce an improved state over an extended period of time, you are a leader"

In season 13 episode 7 John Eades covers 4 ways to protect yourself from becoming a bad leader.  

Regardless of where you are on your leadership journey, it's never too early or late to discover ways to protect yourself from becoming a bad leader. 

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Feb 20, 2018

In 2008, it was nearly impossible to get a loan in America because of the housing crisis.  It was even harder to build a mortgage company in such a space.  That didn’t deter Casey Crawford the CEO of Movement Mortgage.  The company has become a top 10 loan originator in the world, employs 4,200 people and is changing the way organizations interact with their people.  

“People don’t want to work in a hierarchical and bureaucratic environment, they want to feel they are part of a team, feel empowered, know what the boundaries are, and most importantly have a sense of play, purpose, and potential at work.” - Casey Crawford.

Feb 13, 2018

“The way you win in 2018 is to invite more people to the table and help more people. That’s the kind of individuals want to surround themselves with, that's the kind of companies people want to buy from, and the kind of communities people want to join.”

In season 13 episode 5 I am joined by Dan Tyre. He is an Executive at Hubspot and a Speaker, author, adviser, mentor, investor. His new book: The Inbound Organization.

In the episode we cover:

-Why it’s important to have a personal mission statement

- How to Win in 2018

- Why having a big heart is so important in today’s business world

- How Hubspot came to be what it is today

- Are their similarities to the Hubspot journey and personal leadership journey

- Why failure is an import lesson for anyone to learn

- How to manage relationships at home when professionals travel

- Why having a mentor is so important to your career

- Why setting goals is so important to success

- What is an M Spot

- 3 Lessons for any entrepreneur

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Feb 6, 2018

“We tend to overuse the commanding style of leadership but leadership is more about defining purpose, helping with direction, and shaping the environment around peoples action, not running people like a puppet.”

In season 13 episode 4, Garth Massey joins the show.  He is the founder of MLMethods, a 22-year military veteran, speaker, husband, and father. You can learn more about Garth at or

In our conversation we cover:

What about the military builds great leadership skills?

What does the military do to create discipline?

Why is discipline so important today?

What is commander’s intent?

Who are leaders who have a made a big impact we all can learn from?

Why the statue is a bad example of leadership.

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Jan 30, 2018

“Part of someone’s expertise as a leader is knowing that they don’t have to have all the answers they just need to know the right questions to ask”

In season 13 episode 3 we are joined by Bob Tiede.  He is an author, blogger, at and part of the leadership development team at Cru. 

In our conversation we cover:

- What great leaders do?

- Why great leaders ask questions

- What’s the difference between a Multiplier and a Diminisher?

- The art of leading people to their own path

- How to build better relationships

- How to be a more effective parent through relationships

- One question to show how well you know your team

- The best parenting tip you will ever hear

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Jan 23, 2018

“To be an optimistic leader in the face of challenges is a true competitive advantage in the world today”

In season 13 episode 2 we are joined by Mike Erwin. He is the co-author of "Lead Yourself First," founder of two non-profit 's (Team Red White and Blue and The Positivity Project), and is the CEO of Character and Leadership Center.  

In our conversation we covered:

- What is positive psychology? 

- When is Character developed?

- How positivity relates to leadership

- Can negative people change?

- How to become a more positive person

- Why leaders put limits on their people

- What is solitude and why is it some important

- Why Eisenhower was such a great leader

- How do you make solitude a part of your daily practice?

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Jan 16, 2018

"If all you are doing is staying out of your remote team members way, you aren't leading"

In season 13 episode 1, John covered how to lead remote team members.  

A few of the topics we cover:

- Why leading a remote team is so important

- Trends to support remote work

- Focus on building great relationships with team members

- Leverage a meeting structure focused on 3 questions

- Spend time on purpose and vision

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Jan 9, 2018

"Leadership is all about improving the performance of team members."

In season 12 episode 8 (Episode 100!) we are joined by one of our favorite guests Roderic Yapp.  Rod is the founder of Leadership Forces.  In our conversation, we cover everything leadership including:

- Rod's simple leadership definition

Great leadership stories about Shackelford and General James Mattis

- Why command and control leadership is misunderstood

- How command and control is actually defined

- Why it’s important to care what peers think about you

- Why defining standards are so important for leaders

- Should consequences of standards be enforced always the same?

- Why there is a real need for more leaders in the world

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Jan 3, 2018

Season 12 episode 7 is all about helping you make 2018 your best leadership year ever. John Eades covers his 1 word for the new year and challenges you to create a new word to help guide and focus you. 

Then he covers the 5 New Year's resolutions the best leaders commit to every year.  

- What is a resolution anyways?

- Why it's important to ask for feedback about yourself 

- Why you must communicate why the team is doing what it's doing 

- How to reject negativity and naysayers

How to focus on the most important things every single day

Why you must show belief and appreciation for team members 

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Dec 28, 2017

In season 12 episode 6, John Eades covers the 9 best leadership lessons from 2017.  Regardless if you are a CEO, front-line manager or you aspire to move into leadership there is a lesson for you.

1. A person who is humble, hungry, and smart adds value to a team in any environment

Pat Lencioni

2. Great leaders believe in their people and hold them to a high standard

Jon Gordon

3. Values are developed by what you reward, recognize and talk about

Howard Behar

4. The single greatest people skill is an authentic interest in another person

Bob Burg

5. Leaders create the culture that drives behavior which produces the results

Brian Kight

6. Build a company you truly want to work for one that loves and serves people

Casey Crawford

7. Make decisions to become the person you aspire to be

Jimmy Collins

8. Transfer belief to your kids every day “You

are going to do great and mighty things”

Bob Beaudine

9. Great leaders want decisions to be made where the information is

David Marquet

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