General Jim Anderson

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How Do Leaders Get Character?

If you are like me, you’ve read a number of leadership books and they are begining to sound alike.  Many of the early readers of Becoming a Leader of Character thought the same thing.  Here is one quote from an early reviewer: I have been observing and teaching about leadership for over 30 years as […]

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What is a Leader of Character

“Character is higher than intellect.” ­­– Ralph Waldo Emerson Leadership speaker and author John Maxwell jump-started the trend of defining leadership as influence. I agree with him and the leadership experts (such as Oswald Sanders) whom Maxwell cites as his inspiration. But does that definition go far enough? Does just having influence make someone a […]

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The General Discusses What Integrity Really Is

Integrity:  Doing what is good, right, and proper, even at personal cost.  That is the definition my father General James L. Anderson taught me years ago. I had the opportunity to do a talk with my father on the topic of Courage in business. The Lesson: You can’t have Integrity without having Courage. This video is […]

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America’s Leadership Disease and The Treatment

There is a leadership crisis in our culture. Politics. Business. Sports. Families. Wherever you turn the results of this crisis are evident. Some of the symptoms are political stalemate, lack of trust, dysfunctional teams, cheating in athletics or broken homes. There are a lot of approaches to fixing these symptoms. But the problem is we […]

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West Point – Plebe Boxing and Leadership

Every male freshman (plebe) entering West Point has a mandatory class that few other colleges offer much less require.  Boxing. Each morning that boxing was on my schedule I woke up thinking about it.  I would sit in calculus, chemistry or computer programing class thinking about boxing.  It didn’t matter that I had tests or […]

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Corporate Culture Left Adrift

84% of employees do not believe their company’s culture is widely upheld according to a study by the Aberdeen Group.  The startling thing is the numbers are only slightly better for executives who answered that same survey – 81% admitted they are not doing a good job upholding the company culture.  These are the people […]

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My Un-Resume: I Didn’t Make Him Better

“Is Anthony better because you were there?”  My dad, General Jim Anderson, always has a way at cutting to the chase.  That day was no different. I was telling him about a coaching session I had just finished with Anthony, one of my direct reports.  I felt satisfied as I walked away from Anthony. I […]

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Becoming a Leader of Character

“You have to DO what you want to BE.  If you want to BE a great leader, a Leader of Character, you have to DO what great leaders do. Just like good basketball players practice in order to become great basketball players, good leaders must practice in order to be great leaders.” – Coach Mike Krzyzewski Men’s Basketball […]

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Help Me Finish My Book – Who Is Your Leadership Hero?

Friends, I need a favor. Please help my dad, General Jim Anderson and I write our leadership book. We want to better understand what each of you admires in a leader. It will take you less than 2 minutes to answer these questions below. Maybe they are someone you know personally, or have read about, […]

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Lessons from the 2015 Army-Navy Game

This weekend I attended an annual Army-Navy game watching party at Top of the Hill Restaurant in Chapel Hill, NC. The experience is second only to actually being in Philadelphia at the game itself. In both places current and former cadets and midshipmen gather in the most meaningful rivalry in college sports. As I watched […]

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