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 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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Jan 3, 2017

"How you start your day absolutely matters."  In season 6 episode 3, we are joined by Bob Beaudine. He is the most influential man in sports you've never heard of and the CEO of the most successful search firm in pro and college sports. If that wasn't enough, he is a sought after keynote speaker and best-selling author of The Power of WHO and 2 Chairs."  

You can check out the Power of Who and 2 Chairs or follow Bob on Social Media @yougotwho:

In our discussion we covered:

- Why everything you were told about getting a job is a lie

- What the most successful people have in common

- Why you have WHO People

- Why there is something great in everyone

- And much more...

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Dec 27, 2016

"What's your guiding star word for the year 2017." In season 6 episode 2 I take this episode solo to cover one of our most popular listener questions  at the end of the year.  Then we cover 10 lessons learned from the Follow My Lead Podcast in the year 2016.  They include:

  1. Best definitions of leadership by Peter Browning and Dave Redding
  2. The importance of being aware of our Leadership shadow by Dr. Will Sparks
  3. Your Reputation Travels with You Everywhere by Steve Starker
  4. Trust is the ultimate human currency by Bill McDermott
  5. Relationship are critical in leadership by Sean McDermott
  6. "What moves the needle" by Mac Lackey
  7. Success at work without success at home isn't success at all by Dale Partridge
  8. Be purposeful and present for breakthrough performance by Scott Cornwell
  9. Go off to the mountain by David Hughes

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Dec 20, 2016

“No matter what your role, be present in it. That way no matter what happens, even if you don’t get that promotion or become CEO you will have been happy.”  In season 6 Episode 1 we are joined by Peter Vanham.  He is the author of “Before I Was CEO” where he followed 20 CEO’s or high-level executives at Multi-National corporations on their professional journey to uncover commonalities in these top performers.  

Here are 3 Things You Can Do Early in your Career to Mimic CEO’s:

  1. Pace Your Career, It’s a Marathon
  2. Prioritized Your Personal Happiness
  3. Don’t Network, Nurture Existing Ties

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Dec 13, 2016

"We aren’t going to leave you behind, but we also aren’t going to leave you where we found you." In season 5 Episode 8, we are joined by F3 Founders Dave Redding and Tim Whitmire. They discuss how to effectively bring out the leader inside of you,  why we need people in our lives to hold us accountable, the 4 steps to leading, and a simple definitions of leadership and management.  

The 4 Steps to Leading:

  1. Have a unique vision
  2. Clearly Articulate that Vision
  3. Persuade people to move towards that vision
  4. Navigate the obstacles encountered on the road to reaching the vision

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Dec 6, 2016

“Leaders who don’t take a vacation are setting a terrible example for their people,” in Season 5 episode 7 we are joined by Leadership Expert Jon Mertz. He is the author of Activate Leadership and maintains the blog Thin Difference which is a forum dedicated to empowering Millennials to be better leaders, build stronger teams, and create richer lives.

We covered a lot of ground in our discussion included:

- Why is purpose so important in leadership

- Why developing future leaders is so important

- How does and organization go about defining a purpose

- Why it’s critical to define Your Leadership Philosophy

- Why mindfulness should be more than a buzzword

- Why leaders must take vacations

- How to be vulnerable in the workplace

- Why businesses should be a force for good

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Nov 29, 2016

In order to "Win in the Right Game"... Establish a career or a role within your life that matches who you are and has a sense of meaning for you. In season 5 Episode 6, we are joined by Sam Jones, the founder of TwentySomeone. He believes with the right coaching, people can thrive in uncertainty and reach their capabilities in work and in their personal life.  You can take the FREE SCORE Assessment and follow him on Instagram.

We covered a lot of ground in our discussion including:

- Why your expectations are out of alignment

- Why we should actually lower our expectations

- Why 71% of young professionals feel they are failing

- How social media affects us in a negative way

- How to add value in the next 24 hours

- Why coaching can accelerate your performance

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Nov 22, 2016

"The shift needed with Servant Leadership is to know that everyone has legitimate needs both personally and professionally. It's the leaders job to ensure their people meet those needs."  In season 5, Episode 5 we are joined by Matt Tenney a social entrepreneur and the author of Serve to Be Great: Leadership Lessons from a Prison, a Monastery, and a Boardroom and The Mindfulness Edge.  He envisions a world where the vast majority of people realize that effectively serving others is the key to true greatness. He also has a unique and fascinating story where he planned to steal $2.7M from the government only to determine it was a bad idea but it was too late and it landed him in a military prison for almost 6 years.

Follow him on twitter @matttenney1

We covered some of the following topics:

- Servant leadership defined

- Why defining your primary drive is important

- How to sustain servant leadership?

- Why engagement is a huge part of the success of team

- How leaders can cultivate really powerful relationships

- Why changing your email patterns can make a big impact on you

- Why being more present in life is so important

- How to think about Mindfulness in your life

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Nov 15, 2016

"Don't be afraid of experience, first."  In season 5 episode 4 we are joined by Rob Jeppsen the Founder and CEO of XVoyant, a Sales Coaching Technology organization committed to helping organizations develop world-class sales coaches. He has over 21 years of direct sales and sales leadership experience, working in some awesome companies like HireVue and Zion Bank and being responsible for hundreds of sales professionals and Billions in Revenue.

We covered a ton of great topics including:

- What the best sales leaders do

- Why modeling what good looks like is so important

- 3 Steps to being a better coach 

- Why patience is so important in your professional journey

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

- Advice to and modern professional interested in coaching or managing professionals

- What are great sports coaches to model

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Nov 8, 2016

Leadership is: "The capacity to elicit the willingness collaboration of others towards a worthwhile goal over an extended period of time." In season 5 episode 3 we are joined by Peter Browning. He spent 25 years at Continental Can, then went on to be the Chairman and CEO of National Gypsum as well as President and CEO of Sonoco Products. Later in his career he became the Dean of the McColl School of Business at Queens.  He has served on 12 publicly traded corporate boards for companies such as Wachovia and Lowe's as well as well as multiple other private companies. He co-wrote the book "The Directors Manual, a framework for board governance" in 2015 and now runs Peter Browning Partners a Board Advisory Services company.

I honestly could have talked to Peter all day as he poured out so many stories from his 50+ year professional career. Here are just a few of my topics we discussed in our conversation.

- Peter’s famous definition of leadership

- The powerful practice of the leadership question box

- Why great leaders are open and transparent

- What a board’s most important job is without question

- Why you’re never as good as you think or never as bad as you think

- Why ambition alone isn’t going to make things happen

- Why the CEO’s job is 24/7 x 2.

- Why exercise and health are so important in leadership

- Why education is so important in life

- The power of curiosity in the trajectory of careers

- Why taking risk is so important even in big companies

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Nov 1, 2016

It requires great discipline to live from a depth of humility and gratitude.  In season 5 episode 2, we are joined by Dr. Shann Ferch. Shann is an author, professor at Gonzaga University and leadership consultant who brings a message to corporate America about love and power that is unmatched.  Learn more about Dr. Ferch at and check out his new novel, American Copper at Bookstores everywhere. 

Check out his hit TEDx video here.

Our conversation was deep and intense and I loved every minute of it.  A few of the topics we covered included:

- How power and love intersect in leadership

- Why admitting your faults is critical in leadership

- Lessons learned from Martin Luther King

- Why asking for forgiveness is so important in leadership

- Why servant driven companies make more money than those that aren’t

- Why mentoring is so critical in life

- How important discipline is to be humble and grateful in life

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

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Oct 25, 2016

Most people desire someone who is perfect as the President of the United States, but that's just unrealistic.  In season 5 episode 1, we are joined by Larry Shaheen, who founded Carolina Political Consulting in 2010 to help serve the campaign, political, and legal needs of candidates and businesses.  

We covered a lot of ground in our conversation including:

- What is Presidential Leadership?

- Who is more of a Presidential Leader?

- Why has the country veered from the issues in this election?

- Why this Presidential election shouldn’t shock us

- Why both candidates will struggle to bring people together

- What would both candidates be like as President

- Why discipline is a big problem in this election.

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Oct 18, 2016

Actualizing your leadership potential is difficult to do because of our shadows.  This week's guest, Dr. Will Sparks, discusses how understanding your shadow and increasing your knowledge can take your leadership skills and workplace performance to new levels.  Dr. Sparks is the an author, professor, and business owner whose purpose is to help improve people's performance.  

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We covered a lot of ground:

- What are shadows? 3:00

- Why are shadows important? 4:00

- What’s the hardest thing about leading today? 6:00

- Why social media can be good and bad 8:45

- What is actualized leadership 15:00

- How do you find the lion that swallowed you?

- What is the definition of leadership? 18:15

- Can anyone become a leader? 19:00

- How to assess your leadership skill level? 22:00

- Should professionals go out and get an MBA?

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Oct 11, 2016

In Season 4 Ep. 7 we are joined by Jamie Shanks the CEO of Sales for Life. Jamie is the author of the new book Social Selling Mastery and is known as a world leading Social Selling expert. He and his company have now trained over 65,000 of sales professionals from Fortune 500 companies to solopreneurs.

You can learn more about the book and Jamie:

On social: @jamietshanks

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We covered a lot of ground in the discussion including:

Jamie’s background 2:30

Learning the skill of being a CEO 5:47

Why leaders need a threshold for failure 7:37

Why modern professionals should care about social selling 10:23

Why leaders should care about social selling 12:45

Why the best leaders are social 18:33

The best investment a professional can make 26:53

How to stand out as a professional 28:43

Why it’s important not to be the smartest person in the room 29:23

Why the best leaders think in scale 29:53

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Oct 4, 2016

"Your reputation travels with you everywhere so do things the right way." In Season 4 Ep. 6 we are joined by Steve Starker the co-founder of BTIG a global financial services firm specializing in institutional trading.  Steve is intense and passionate about a lot of things, Wall Street included. Truth is unless you live in Manhattan or have worked inside a trading room its hard to comprehend the environment these professionals go to work in everyday. There are plenty of lessons from Steve that you can apply in your own life because there is no doubt he knows a thing or two about how to live a successful life.  

Check out BTIG Charity Day we discuss here.

Here are some highlights from our discussion:

- Why your reputation travels with you everywhere

- How to live in a world of black and white

- Why does his leadership team lead on the front lines

- Where his intensity comes from and why it’s important

- Why charity and giving is so important for leaders

- Why time is the best investment Steve has made

- How to look at every event as an opportunity to learn

- Why spouses are so important in being a good leader

- What all young professionals should do to stand out

- Why humility is critical in leadership

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Sep 27, 2016

Leadership Requires Great Discipline Because You Can’t Turn it Off. In season 4 Ep. 5 we are joined by Mark Hood.  A passenger on flight 1549 that flew into the Hudson, a former US Marine, former VP of Sales and now Senior Consultant at Sales Performance International.  

In our discussion we didn't just cover flight 1549 we talked at length about leadership lessons learned from the Marine Core such as: why being a disciplined leader is so important, and why great leaders lead from the front.  A few other highlights include:

- 4 Leadership Principles from the Military

- Know yourself and seek self improvement

- Be technically and tactically proficient

- Know your people – Strengths and Weaknesses

- Keep your people informed 

- What makes a leader successful?

- Why mission is so important in leadership

- Why fear and worry do nothing for you

- How to have the courage to stand up in the face of adversity

- Why modern professionals always have to prepare up

- Why great leaders know what’s happening when they aren’t there

- What 3 great leaders would Mark have dinner with?

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Sep 19, 2016

Jessica Carson is currently a Director at NextGen Venture Partners. She has successfully scaled and engaged two community-centric startups and is now pouring that experience into her work venture capital. What makes her different is she is dedicated to applying psychological capital to entrepreneurship, venture capital, and workplace dynamics to maximize interpersonal relationships, professional satisfaction, and overall wellbeing. You can find her writing about all of these topics on the The Huffington Post and her blog, ColorfulCortex: 

We covered a lot in our discussion including:

- What is the right application our curiosity

- Why you don’t have to have a passion driven career

- What the most successful leaders of startup companies have in common

- Why building a network is so critical in our professional world

- What do VC’s look for in founders and is it different as the business scales

- Why we all need to be good at telling our own story

- Why it’s so important leaders are open to feedback

- Why every organization can be a purpose driven company

- Should you drop the proverbial J-O-B in corporate America for something entrepreneurial?

- What you should really be doing on social media

- And all the hard the questions about Venture Capital and Private Equity

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