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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Aug 29, 2017

“Leadership is embedding the capacity for greatness in the people and practices of an organization and decoupling it from the personality of the leader.”

In season 10 episode 5, we are joined by Retired Captain of the US Navy, David Marquet.  He is the author of "Turn the Ship Around: A True Story of Turning Followers Into Leaders."  You can learn more from David by signing up to receive weekly leadership nudges at

In our conversation we cover:

  • Why Stephen Covey’s Leadership definition matters today
  • What is the difference between leader-follower vs leader-leader model
  • Why is it so important to have leaders at all levels of an organization
    • “If your people just need to be told what to do, they are easily replaceable”
    • At a moral level, “thinking humans rarely do horrible thinking”
  • How do you take someone from thinking leader-follower to thinking leader-leader
  • Practical changes employees can make to make the change they want to see in their organization
  • What’s the cost of bad leadership?
  • What’s harder leading at home or leading at work?
  • Why Jesus Christ shifted the way we viewed humans
  • Best advice David knows

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Aug 22, 2017

“To grow, learn, and develop it’s important we get outside of our comfort zone”

In season 10 episode 4 we are joined by author, professor and speaker Andy Molinsky to discuss comfort zones.  He is a Management professor at Brandeis University's International Business School, with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology.  He is also the author of REACH:A New Strategy to Help You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone, Rise to the Challenge, and Build Confidence.

In our conversation we cover:

- What college students are missing when they enter the professional world

- Why getting outside your comfort zone in important

- What holds you back from getting outside your comfort zone

- How to get outside your comfort zone on a regular basis

- What role desperation plays in our comfort zones

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Aug 15, 2017

Recent research showed more than two thirds of the incoming workforce believe its management's job to provide accelerated development opportunities to encourage them to stay at their company.  Truth be told this isn't just an "incoming workforce" thing. Every professional, regardless of where they are in their career, wants to feel their leader is investing in their development.  

In season 10 Episode 3, my colleague Mark Houston joins the show to share his incredible example of personal development and we share thing steps leaders can take to ensure they are investing in themselves and their people. 

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In our conversation we cover:

- What Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf teach us about talent

- The investing in people principle

- 3 Key steps to invest in your people

- Personal Development Plan example

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Aug 8, 2017

“Wisdom is taking things you have done in the past and applying them to mistakes in the future to change the outcome.”

In season 10 episode 2 we are joined by Pat McCrory.  The former North Carolina Governor and Charlotte mayor shares leadership wisdom and experiences with us. Regardless of the political aisle you sit on there is a lot to learn from him in this episode. 

In our conversation we cover:

- Why we all need to take initiative

- Lessons Learned in Leadership from being in Political Office

- Why wisdom is so important

- How to do discern difficult decisions

- Pat’s advice to young professionals

Favorite Quotes:

"The biggest adjustment isn’t in winning but in losing"

"The longer you stay in an office, the longer your integrity is going to be challenged"

"We are all born with a divinity and skill within us. With those skills we are called make a difference and fulfill our potential”

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Aug 1, 2017

"A person who is humble, hungry and smart can add value to a team in any environment."

In the Season 10 Episode 1 we are joined by Patrick Lencioni.  He is the founder of The Table Group and the author of 12 books (5 Dysfunctions of a Team, Ideal Team Player) which have sold over 5 million copies and been translated into more than 30 languages.

You can find the table group here  or follow him on social media here.

In our conversation we cover:

- Why Patrick wrote 5 Dysfunctions of a Team

- What is the difference between conflict and accountability

- Why Accountability is so important in leadership

- Why people leave companies and their manager

- What a lead sacrifices by not having great teamwork

- Why so many leaders allow poor teamwork

- What all great businesses do differently

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Jul 25, 2017

“When you are in an environment and a culture that is lifting up servant leadership and lifting up excellence, you get swept up in the current of that.”

In season 9 episode 8 we are joined by Casey Crawford the CEO of Movement Mortgage. The former NFL player turned Entrepreneur leads a rapidly growing company that employs 4,000 people and is making a huge impact on the world.  You can learn more about their incredible culture and company at

In our conversation we cover:

- What he learned from playing one of the worst teams in NFL History?

- What’s the difference between bad and great teams?

- Where Casey learned servant leadership

- What is servant leadership?

- Why it’s a leader’s job to create more leaders not less

- Why you have to love people in order to be successful

- What’s harder leading at work and leading at home?

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Jul 18, 2017

“The only two things you have complete control over everyday is your attitude and effort.”

In season 9 episode 7 we are joined by Alan Stein Jr. He is a basketball performance coach and corporate speaker.  He has spent the past 15 years working with and learning from some of the highest performing athletes on the planet like Kobe Bryant and Stephen Curry.

You can learn more about Alan here and follow him on social media @alansteinjr.

In our conversation we cover:

  • What sports and business have in common
  • Why it’s important to focus on the process instead of the results
  • The indisputable facts about time
  • Why our attention matters most
  • What you can learn from Kobe Bryant, Steph Curry and Steve Nash
  • Why physical touch is important in culture and leadership

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Jul 11, 2017

"Leadership is all about serving and empowering other people"

In season 9 episode 6 we dispel the 4 myths of leadership in order to help you become a better leader.  

In the show we cover:

- The 4 most common myths of leadership dispelled

- Why leadership is so important

- How you can improve as a leader

- What is a "Welder Leader"

- Defining Love

- Defining Discipline

- The 5 Welder Leader Profiles (Exploiter, Ruler, Pleaser, Dabbler, Welder)

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Jul 4, 2017

"Feedback is information with the distinct purpose of improving results or relationships"

In Season 9 Episode 5, we are joined by Margie Mauldin. She is the author of Feedback Revolution: Building Relationships & Boosting Results and the highly acclaimed iLoveFeedback® training course.  Her civic involvement includes serving on several boards and supporting education and development scholarships.

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In our conversation we cover:

- What is feedback?

- The two areas that are most important when giving feedback

- Why facts are so important when giving feedback

- The acronym for feedback WIIFT “What’s in it for them”

- What millennials really want when being given feedback

- One lesson you can learn Steven Covey

- Why leaders don’t give good feedback

- The correct approach to give feedback

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Jun 27, 2017

“Our ability to perform at our highest level is recognizing the disciplines and behaviors that have made us successful but believing at a deep level that we can achieve great things.”  

In season 9 episode 4 we are joined by Ben Newman. He is a highly regarded Performance Coach, International Speaker, and Best-Selling Author, whose clients include top companies and professional athletes.  In one of our most motivational episodes of all time Newman challenges you to overcome the challenges in your life and reach for big goals.  

You can download the free Mental toughness playbook at and follow Newman on social media @continuedfight.

In our conversation we cover:

- Why obstacles ultimate can become your biggest opportunity

- Why sports and business blend so well together for leadership lessons

- Why mental toughness is so important in life

- Why positive actions steps can make all the difference

- How to discover your purpose as a professional

- Why it’s important to have strong relationships

- Why he uses @continuedfight social handle

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Jun 20, 2017

“The sooner you can get clear on what you want, you will have an edge on everyone else”

In season 9 Episode 3, we are joined by Patrick Bet-David. He is a successful entrepreneur, CEO of PHP (a financial services company), the creator of Valuetainment, (youtube channel that has well over 300k subscriber and videos that have accumulated millions upon millions of views.) 

 You can find Patrick on his website or check out Valuetainment on Youtube

In our conversation we cover:

- What is Entrepreneurship?

- Why Entrepreneurship is so important today?

- Why helping people is so important?

- Why you can’t be selfish in business and make it over the long term

- What you can learn from Walmart to help you in business

- The best thing that can happen to an entrepreneur

- How to judge a successful leader or coach?

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

- Why it’s important to invest in your own mind

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Jun 13, 2017

“No one can afford not to think of their personal brand anymore. The world has changed around you, you better change too.”

In season 9 episode 2 we are joined by social media and personal branding expert Kathleen Hessert. She is the CEO of Sports Media Challenge and has been a mover in the sports and media business for over 30 years. She has worked with people like Peyton Manning, Shaquille O'Neil, Pope Francis, and Derek Jeter. She is never satisfied with what has happened, she jumps at what can happen, then makes it happen. 

You can follow her on Twitter @kathleenhessert

In one of our most powerful episodes to date we cover:

- What you can learn from Peyton Manning about your personal brand

- What professionals can do to build a strong professional brand

- Why you need to be valued vs valuable in your organization

- Why Bravery is so important in life

- Why it’s important to be intentional

- Why it’s important companies and brands begin focusing on Generation Z

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Jun 6, 2017

“Being a leader isn’t about getting everything right, it’s about being committed to a continuous improvement process.”

In season 9 episode 1 we are joined by Callaway Golf CEO Chip Brewer. He has served as the CEO of Callaway Golf since March 2012 prior to that he served as the President and CEO of Adams Golf for 10 years. In a golf industry where many companies are shrinking or selling off parts of the business, Callaway has become the leader in the space. 

You can learn more about Callaway at

In our conversation we cover:

- What challenges leaders face in an organizational turnaround

- Why it’s important for leaders to listen to the marketplace

- Why having great products is a key to DSPD

- How to think about failure in order to innovate?

- What’s it like to be the CEO of a publicly traded company?

- Why it’s important to love your profession

- Who's Chip’s favorite Professional Golfer to play with

- His top 3 golf courses to play

- Other leadership lessons learned from the market share leader in golf

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May 30, 2017

"Elevating a team’s performance requires a bond of mutual trust" - John Eades

In season 8 episode 8, we cover one of the most important leadership topics on the planet, trust.  I cover the topic of trust by having one of my own team members, Christina Wilder on the show to share a story we recently encountered that will be sure to give you laugh. We also go deep on a module in The Welder Leader Program that specifically covers making trust the linchpin of your relationships.

In our conversation we cover:

- What is the bond of mutual trust?

- 3 ways you can build trust with your team

- Key principles of trust and how people judge if your trustworthy

- Listener feedback and Questions

- What podcasts I listen to for my own personal development

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May 23, 2017

“People are thirsty to be engaged with their mind and heart at work”

In season 8 episode 7 we are joined by Jason Barger, a globally celebrated Author, Speaker, Consultant and founder of Step Back Leadership. He is a former college basketball player who now works with organizations that are passionate about Culture Change, Leadership Development, Innovation, Service, and bringing their Mission to life everyday.  

You can learn more about Jason on his website or check out his latest book Thermostat Cultures on Amazon.  

In our conversation we cover:

- Who is Responsible for the culture

- What do you do if you don’t like the culture in your organization?

- How do you bloom in your current professional role?

- How do leaders shape the culture they want?

- How to shape a solid family culture?

- Why language helps shape behavior

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May 16, 2017

"There is no such thing as a bad leadership style, its all a function of when you do what you do."  In Season 8 episode 6 we are joined by Sam Shriver. He is the Executive VP of Research and Development at the Center For Leadership Studies. He has designed and developed over 200 custom leadership and coaching programs and is one of the best minds in the country when it comes to organizational leadership and effectiveness.

In our conversation we cover:

- Why the Former CEO of Ford Alan Mulally is such a great example of leadership

- What is Situational Leadership?

- Perfect advice to young leaders

- Why moving into leadership is a big deal?

- Why there is a disconnect between the C-Suite and the employee base?

- Why Marissa Mayer’s Yahoo payout creates a gap between leaders and employees

- The types of leaders young leaders should try and emulate

You can learn more about Situational Leadership here.

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May 9, 2017

“Leaders are those making an impact and influencing others to action.”  In season 8 episode 5, we are joined by Lolly Daskal. She is one of the most sought-after executive leadership coaches in the world.  Her writing has appeared in Harvard Business Review,, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today. She is also the author of the brand new book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness.

You can follow her on social @lollydaskal or buy the book.

In the episode we cover:

- What are your virtues and what do you stand for?

- Why leadership starts with leading from within

- Why Carl Jung work is so important in leadership

- Why fear comes from a lack of something

- What is the Leadership Gap

- Who you are at home is who you should be in the workplace

- Why teachers, coaches, nurses, doctors and others helping others are people we should admire

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May 2, 2017

“Values are developed by what you recognize, reward and what you talk about”

In season 8 episode 4, we are joined by Howard Behar. He is a renowned business leader, author, speaker, and mentor who has influenced the lives of numerous men and women at all stages of their careers and at all levels and roles. For 21 years he led Starbuck’s domestic business as President of North America, and he became the founding President of Starbucks International opening the very first store outside of North America in Japan. During his tenure, he participated in the growth of the company from only 28 stores to over 15,000 stores spanning five continents.

You can find out more about Howard at

In our powerful conversation we cover:

- Why values mean so much to a business

- What made Starbucks unique

- Why businesses aren’t there to make money

- Why cultures are built and earned

- How values are developed in organizations

- The 6 P’s of Life and Leadership; Purpose, Passion, Persistence, Patience, Performance, People

- Why patience matters so much

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Apr 25, 2017

"Everyone needs leaders in their life that tell them, 'You can do better'." In season 8 episode 3 we are joined by Perry Tuttle. Perry Tuttle was a first round draft pick in the 1982 NFL draft and played 10 years of pro ball (NFL & CFL). Perry will always be remembered for the game winning catch during the 1982 Orange Bowl that won Clemson a national championship. He is a noted author, speaker, and leadership coach currently working with Fortune Companies and professional athletes to help them navigate the marketplace with character and integrity. Perry is also the Chaplain of the Charlotte Hornets.

This episode goes deep on what professional athletes really experience at the end of their career, great strategies to have blossoming relationships between parents and kids, why coaches are so important in life, what role faith plays in life and why Perry spent 1 whole years saying thank you to those who mattered to him.

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Apr 18, 2017

“Leadership is a way of enabling the intuiting of the whole of your organization towards a common objective.  If you get leadership wrong, people in your organization are only following your ideas which causes major issues."  In Season 8 episode 2 we are joined by Chris Paton. He is the Managing Director of Quirk Solutions an organization that specializes in something called Business Wargaming.

In our conversation we cover:

- What is Business Wargaming?

- What value do organizations receive by using Business Wargaming?

- What is the road to Abilene Paradox?

- Why failures occur in organizations

- How to get to success faster

- Why sharing plans out loud in front of a group should be a requirement

- Why is leadership so important?

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Apr 11, 2017

“The single greatest people skill is a highly developed and authentic interest in the other person” In Season 8 episode 1 we are joined by Bob Burg.  He is the author of a number of books on sales, marketing and influence, with total book sales of well over a million copies. His best selling book, the Go-Giver literally changed my life.  

You can follow Bob on social @bobburg or listen to his Go-Giver Podcast. 

We covered a ton of ground in our discussion including:

- Where did the Go-Giver come from?

- How to become a Go-Giver

- What can modern professionals do to become more self aware

- Why Leadership is Influence

- What is Influence

- Why we all need “drive by mentors”

- The 5 Laws of the Go-Giver

- What separates the successful from the ultra successful?

- The single greatest people skill people need

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Apr 4, 2017

"The hardest part in leading a remote workforce is without question connecting and inspiring people through video chat.”  In season 7 episode 8 we are joined by Michael Sacca the President of and host of the podcast. Whether you have a remote workforce or not, the truth is every organization is communicating differently and the workforce wants a slightly different work environment than in generations past.  

We also covered:

- What is discipline and why is it important in career selection

- Why working remotely is actually challenging

- What Generation X leaders can learn from the millennial workforce

- Why it's important to have defined leadership roles

- How a mentality switch for work can change everything

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Mar 28, 2017

"You need to be serving and pouring into others. Don’t meet or build a relationship with people for what they might give you, but try to give them something first." In season 7 episode 7 we are joined by Author, Speaker, and CEO of Leadercast Duane Cummings. His example of leadership is truly second to none and he shares great stories and examples from his journey to help you on yours. 

In our conversation we covered:

Why it’s important for a leader to do every job in the building.

Why every professional needs mentors in their life.

Why it’s important for us to seek people different than us.

How to be empathetic to others.

How to best connect with the millennial generation.

What are the common characteristics of great leaders.

Why consistency is so important in leadership.

Why it’s important to be a social CEO.

You can follow Duane on social @duanedcummings.

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Mar 21, 2017

“Today’s business environment is different; everything is measured in the inches that make you different or better than you competition.” In season 7 episode 6 we are joined by David Schroeder the Vice President of Quicken Loans Mortgage Services. He has been an integral reason for their rapid growth and is one of the best corporate leaders I have ever been around.   

We covered a lot of ground in our discussion including:

  • Why culture is so important to a team’s success
  • How does someone go about having urgency?
  • How to navigate high growth companies
  • 3 simple tenants leaders should look for in people
  • What do team members do to stand out from the rest
  • Why it’s important for team members be in the know
  • Why it’s the leaders responsibility to be open to new ideas
  • What every leader can learn from Cleveland Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert
  • What every young professional should do regardless of experience

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Mar 14, 2017

"Once you take ownership of your own development, you will have the opportunity to turn the corner and perform at levels you can't even imagine" In season 7 Episode 5, I take this episode solo to cover one our most popular blogs ever "How to Progress Faster In Your Career and Become a Leader," which had over 30,000 views and 3500 likes/ comments. 

We cover in detail the F.M.L. Framework for Standing Out and Being a Leader.  The framework is a series of best practices and lessons to you elevate your career and be a leader worth following.  

1. F - Follow First

2. M - My Development

3. L -Lead By Example

Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

"If you can't learn to follow, you aren't ready to lead"

"People will create a perception of you baed on your actions, whether you like it or not"

"You have the ability to earn credibility and build trust through your actions"

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