Business isn’t just about making a buck. It’s about making a difference.
Previous leadership models were about command and control, using rewards and consequences to push employees into getting the job done. But that style doesn’t work anymore. To attract and retain talent, companies are learning that they must bring a sense of purpose and meaning to the work they do and create an ecosystem where people feel connected and valued.
John Dame leveraged his 32-year career in radio broadcasting to become an executive coach and business strategist. He has spent the last 15 years training CEOs and their executive teams in the strategic planning and leadership development space, and his current areas of focus include the role of purpose in the business environment and the transition to a millennial workforce. To address these issues, John created the Evolution Leadership Conference Series to help leaders move away from the rudimentary model of telling people what to do to Leadership 3.0—influencing people to achieve.
In part two of my interview, John discusses the BS parts of his own early leadership style and how he continues to overcome ‘Bad John’ through self-awareness. He gets into the details of the Evolution Conference Series, offering his take on the characteristics of a next-generation leader and his insight around working with millennials. Listen in for John’s suggestions around the best available leadership resources, and learn how to get involved with Vistage International, the world’s largest CEO membership organization, so that you too can show up as a purposeful leader.
[05:31] The qualities of ‘Bad John’
- Highly dominant, influencer personality
- Arrogance, aggressiveness
- ‘I’m the boss and you’re not’
[08:56] How John has learned to recognize and remedy ‘Bad John’
- Recognize when about to lose patience
- Pause and gain control of emotions
- Focus on making difference, purposeful leadership
- Developing ecosystem to nurture and develop team
[14:46] John’s take on Leadership 3.0
- Make team feel connected and valued
- Provide clarity, safety
- Offer regular feedback
- Bring purpose, meaning to work
[17:23] John’s insight around working with millennials
- Majority of workforce by 2025
- May challenge your thinking
- Not attracted by wages alone
[20:28] The big idea that drives John
- Better leaders needed to change world
- People leave jobs because of bad managers
- Train leaders to influence people (vs. tell them what to do)
[23:25] Resources around leading with purpose
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