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How Will You Write Your Leadership Legacy?

When you leave your job or current position; when your kids leave your home; when clients, colleagues, or companions leave your life; and ultimately when you leave this earth, you will be remembered by the story you write about yourself.

3 Ways You Can Practice Optimism Today

We all have challenges. We have families, employees, projects, teams, budgets, deadlines, and setbacks. What is there a lot of in life? Manure.  

Stop. Leadership is Listening.

If you ask people in my life to describe one of my weaknesses, my hunch is each person will answer with one word - listening.  

The Game Changing Legacy Leadership of Jon Podany at LPGA

Jon Podany is the Chief Commerical Officer of the LPGA. Jon leads the commercial and business efforts of the LPGA to include sales and marketing, television, digital media, tournaments, title sponsors, branding and creative services, and licensing.

Legacy Leadership from Today Forward

Recently, I spoke to an awesome group of CEOs and business leaders. During my presentation about holistically leading with purpose in life, the audience was engaged in the subject matter, contributing to the collective conversation, and open to the leadership lessons to be had in our time together – everyone except one. 

Legacy Leadership in a Family Business with Dan Zarraonandia

Dan Zarraonandia and I are lifelong friends. We were roommates at UCLA, worked in President Reagan’s post-presidential office together (where we both learned to Lead Like Reagan), and I am proud to watch my friend build and leave a leadership legacy.

The Garage to Goliath Journey of Ron Bailey and Strayer University

Ron Bailey is the featured guest on the inaugural episode of the Garage to Goliath | Leaders Building Legacies podcast for good reason. Mr. Bailey changed my life for the better; he invested in me with his invaluable time, knowledge, and his generous heart.

Assembling a Leadership Team by Inspiring Loyalty and Commitment

Ronald Reagan believed that you are only as good as the people you surround yourself with. He worked to find the best and brightest people for each area of his administration to create a brain trust around him that would contribute to his ability to make informed, intelligent decisions. He wasn’t afraid to be outshined, but rather he knew that the key to his effectiveness and success would be having leaders in their respective fields join him and support him in his vision for America. Rather than being intimidated by those with expertise and experience, he was motivated by it, inspired by it and thrived on it. 

Creating the Vision: Setting Expansive Goals

“Our country is a special place, because we Americans have always been sustained, through good times and bad, by a noble vision – a vision not only of what the world around us is today but what we as a free people can make it be tomorrow.”  —Ronald Reagan

When Ronald Reagan was sworn in as President of the United States in January 1981, there was widespread domestic malaise. The nation suffered from high inflation, scarce jobs, and low morale. Yet Ronald Reagan immediately took office and began to talk about a new dawn, morning in America, better days ahead, and the proverbial shining city on a hill.

Effective Leadership Communicates a Message to Connect with Others

Ronald Reagan had an authentic way of connecting with people. Authenticity is the essence of all communication. The words he used were vital, yet his ability to accurately connect with his intended audience was imperative. He knew that if his listener did experience a personal and emotional connection to what he said, then his message would not be impactful, inspire action, or bring about change.