Posts Tagged ‘Leadership training’

Effective Leadership – How to be a Better Leader

June 14, 2018

Michael K. McFadden



It is an honor to say that my eldest daughter is just a year from completing a Doctorate in Pharmacy. Recently, she made me so proud as she gave a workshop at an elementary school for the students on the proper use of medicines around the house, along with the appropriate do’s and don’ts. What was really exciting was not her obvious command of the content but her command of one of the most intimidating audiences on the planet – elementary school kids! She demonstrated superb leadership skill. This from the girl who would call me on my cell phone virtually in tears because her sister, 8 years her junior, was traumatizing her with her defiance as she tried to be a teenaged babysitter. “Daddy” she would say, “Lauren won’t do anything I tell her too!” I would reply, “Princess she is 8 and you are 16, how is it that the tail is wagging the dog?” What growth! Today, she has evolved into a much better leader.


Why is it that some people who have title, position, and opportunity fail to be able to lead; while others from within the ranks command respect and influence that effectively lead people to accomplishments and positive results? This is a reality we see in homes among family members, as well as, businesses, corporations, and organizations. Many people are plagued by the ill of wanting to be the boss. Driven by some misguided desire to tell people what to do like a master with a whip to an animal. However, some have experienced the ultimate ineffectiveness of these practices and raised the question, “What can I do to be a better leader?”


The wisdom I have tried to pass to my children are the same principles and concepts I teach in Leadership Training. There are four basic principles of leadership and the practice of them lead to improved results:


  1. Be a Thinker
  2. Exercise Control
  3. Consider Others
  4. Inspire


Leaders are thinkers. You must master the content in your area of focus because leadership grows out of the presence of problems. The true leader is not the one just barking commands; but is the one who can maintain composure in a crisis by exercising self-control and present a viable solution to the opposing issue(s). Most importantly, the solution must also not be out of selfish ambitions but must clearly represent the best interest of others first. Ultimately recognizing that the single most important difference between animals and humans is choice. Humans reserve the right, regardless of what they are told, to chose their own actions. Therefore, they must be inspired not mandated. Inspiration starts with the example of the leader. Good leaders are like trees for their followers. They provide fruit; they provide shade; they provide support. But, these benefits are found at the surface only because the tree has roots; and the deeper the roots the stronger the tree. Therefore, if you want to get better as a leader work on your leadership principles because they are your roots; and the deeper you drive your roots the better you will be for your followers.


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Michael McFadden is a leadership and performance expert; founder of The Leadership Training Company; and author of the book How to Maximize Your Potential. Visit and sign-up for the FREE Business Leadership Coaching 5 Day e-course titled, “How to Achieve the Results You Have Always Dreamed.”



5 Strategies for How to Balance Work and Home

January 17, 2008

Michael K. McFadden




It has been said, “You are what you eat.” But in the American culture, you are what you do. In other words, that is to say what you do for a living.

Consider the opening dialogue during the introduction between two people just meeting. After the exchange of names and pleasantries, usually the next question will be; “What do you do for a living?”

In the American culture, we are obsessed with status and material possessions. Even though work is a means to an end, it is easy to misplace our values and become overly focused on work and wealth in a desperate pursuit of the “American dream.”

While blindly sacrificing meaningful relationships, many people have worked diligently to achieve their dreams only to awaken surprisingly to the nightmare of a reality of loneliness and despair.

What is the American dream, which people work so hard for, really about? Is it marriage, children, homes, cars, boats, vacations? No. Sometimes people think they want money, or a husband, or children; but the American dream is really a euphemism for happiness.

What people really want is happiness.

Happiness is derived from self-fulfillment expressed through the service of others. Therefore, work must be balance with time spent relating to others and serving their needs.

Here are five strategies for how to balance work and home:

  1. Make serving others the number one priority.
  2. If your home life is a deterrent, improve it. Make the necessary changes for the better.
  3. Be honest. Do not use work as an alternative to having an open and honest conversation with your significant other.
  4. Get out of your comfort zone and develop new interest.
  5. Do not bring work home. There is a time and season for all things.

A person’s home life is the roots to their existence. Work is a means to an end that should water the roots not replace them.

Michael McFadden is a leadership & performance expert, speaker, and author.

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