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 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

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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"

Mar 7, 2017

“You can’t always choose the path you walk in life, but you can always choose the manner in which you walk it.”  In season 7 episode 4 we are joined by John O'Leary. He is the author of On Fire: The 7 Choices to Live a Radically Inspired Life, which was a #1 best seller. He is also an accomplished speaker and host of the Live Inspired Podcast. 

You can listen to the Live Inspired Podcast Here or Follow him on Facebook Here

In the show, John’s urges us to create and live by our own personal mission statement which answers the question, Why do you choose to thrive? John’s is simple “God demands it, my family deserves it, and the world is starved for it.”

We also covered:

- Why the fumes are what cause the most damage

- Why our stories have little to do with us

- What Jack Buck teaches us about leadership

- Why saying yes matters

- Why love and leadership are essentially the same word

- How to make positive choices

- Why all we have is today

- Why showing up is half the battle

- Why we all need a personal mission statement

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Feb 28, 2017

“Leaders create the culture that drives the behavior which produces the results.” In season 7 episode 3 we are joined by Brian Kight.  Brian is the CEO of Focus 3.  You can follow him on Social Media @tbriankight and listen to the Focus 3 Podcast here.  

We covered a lot of ground in the discussion including:

- The 1,000 year theory of personal development

- The formula of Event + Response = Outcome

- The real power of ‘Pressing Pause’

- What you can learn from the weight room

- What is BCD?

- What is discipline over default?

- The 3 levels of habit transformation

- What role does a leader play in culture and discipline?

- Advice to young professionals who are unfulfilled in their work

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Feb 21, 2017

“Your ability to lead, to connect, to win people over is one of the most important skill sets you can develop.” In Season 7 Episode 2 we are joined by Ty Bennett. Ty is a world-renowned speaker, best selling author, entrepreneur, husband and father to 4. There is much to learn from Ty and his approach of "Partnership is the New Leadership."

You can learn more about him at or social @tybennett

We covered a lot of ground in our discussion including:

- What is “Partnership is the New Leadership?”

- Why influence is so important in leadership

- Why transformation doesn’t happen without leadership

- Why every professional should think about developing as a leader

- What is "lunch with “Winston?"

- Why Leadership is most demonstrated in the home

- Why being connected with our teams at work is so important

- How to lead from the C-Suite

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Feb 14, 2017

“We overestimate what we can do in a day and underestimate what we can do in a decade.” In the first episode of Season 7 we are joined by Jim Estill the CEO of Danby Appliances.  He is a lifelong Entrepreneur who grew his first business to more than $350M in sales. After selling the business to SYNNEX, he became the CEO of SYNNEX Canada and grew the company's US supplies from $800 million to $2 billion.  

He is also an investor, advisor and board member to many technology businesses, including Blackberry – formerly Research In Motion (RIM) He has authored two books, Time Management and Zero to $2Billion and maintains the CEO Blog.  

We covered a lot of ground in our discussion including:

- Why revenue growth is so important to a business

- Why it’s important to never be quarterly focused

- Why people have more potential than they think

- Why habits are critical to success

- What a leaders most important job is

- Why it’s important to have organizational and individual scorecards

- Why everyone should do a weekly report to hold themselves accountable

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Feb 7, 2017

“Great leaders believe in their people and hold them to a high standard in order for them to reach their best.”  In Season 6 Episode 8 we are joined by Jon Gordon.  He is a world famous author and speaker. His best-selling books include the Energy Bus, The Carpenter, Training Camp, The Seed and You Win in The Locker Room, among others. His words and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous NCAA, NFL, NBA, MLB coaches and teams, Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals and non-profits.

You can follow Jon on social @jongordon11 and find in on the web

We covered a lot of ground in our discussion including:

- How great leaders balance love and accountability

- Why Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney is a great leader

- What leaders can learn from Coach Swinney

- How to define love as a verb in the workplace

- Why discipline isn’t a negative thing

- Jon's favorite lesson from the “Energy Bus”

- Why it’s important to always remain a student

- How it all changed when Jon started doing the laundry

- Why your marriage needs to be your foundation

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Jan 31, 2017

“One Flap From a Butterfly’s Wing Can Cause a Hurricane Around the World.”  In season 6 Episode 7 we are joined by Toussaint Romain.  He serves as an Assistant Public Defender, an Adjunct Professor, and is actively involved in his community. 

He received national recognition for the role he played in working for peace during major rioting in Charlotte, NC. But as he tell us in the show this has been his work long before some highly publicized nights. Our conversation is authentic, real, and pushes the boundaries on what most would consider a comfortable conversation… 

- Why changing the race narrative is so important

- What can and should be done in both black and white communities

- Why challenging out implicit bias is critical

- What the 4 most important letters in Leadership really are.

- What's the difference between giving and offering vs sacrifice

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Jan 24, 2017

“You have within you every quality of success necessary to be successful.” In season 6 episode 6 we are joined by Tom Ziglar.  Tom is the CEO of the Zig Ziglar Corporation. He is a sought after presenter, speaker, and author. Tom has taken the foundation his father, Zig Ziglar built and brought it into the modern generation.

We covered a lot of ground in our discussion including:

- Why momentum is so important in organizations

- The concept of Will, Skill and Refill

- Why everyone is born to win

- Why mindset is so important to becoming successful

- What holds people back from achieving greatness?

- How to prepare the way for others

- Why we all have the capacity to do more than you think you can

- Tom’s favorite lesson from Zig

- The power of the “Mental Model and Perfect Start”

- What is the fastest way to success?

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Jan 17, 2017

"Bosses have workers and leaders have followers." In season 6 episode 5 we are joined by Mack Story.  Mack believes everything rises and falls based on leadership. He is an experienced leadership coach, trainer and speaker who is a John Maxwell certified leadership trainer as well as the author of 9 leadership books.

We covered a lot of ground in our discussion including:

- The difference in bosses vs. leaders

- The productivity improvement that happens when people choose to follow

- Difference between growth mindset vs. goal mindset

- Why most companies lose top talent

- Why top leaders lose their growth mindset

- Why it’s so important to be intentional professional

- What’s the rule of 5

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Jan 10, 2017

"You are capable of achieving so little by yourself, so taking care of your team is critical" In season 6 Episode 4 we are joined by Tom Bilyeu the Co-founder of Quest Nutrition, Creator of Inside Quest, and now CEO and Host of Impact Theory.  

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We covered a ton of ground in our discussion including: 

- Why you always have to be moving the goal post on yourself

- Why it’s important you put maximum effort in

- What are you going to be the best in the world at?

- Why persuasion is so important in leadership

- Persuasion is far less intellectual and far more emotional

- Why the 3 layers of the brain is so important

- Wellness is a 360-degree endeavor

- Why community is so important in business and life

- Why self-belief is so important

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