The Path to Leadership with Douglas Ward—Episode 316 of The Action Catalyst Podcast

Douglas Ward

Douglas Ward is a retired military veteran with 24 years of distinguished service. During his time, he held numerous leadership roles to include instructor and manager of over 500 personnel. Additionally, Douglas was the Troop Chief for a hand-selected group of special communicators who supported and deployed into austere environments with Special Operations Forces.

Upon retirement, he supported government agencies as a subject matter expert in non-standard communications and as a business development executive. These experiences have enabled him to pass on the knowledge and lessons of leadership under extreme conditions for companies needing management team building.

Pulling from his past military experience and as an executive-level technology leader, he collaborates with those in charge of providing unfiltered truths on the true state of a company. He specializes in encouraging the development of communication skills from the top down and bottom up increasing revenue growth, employee trust, and ownership.

Douglas has built many successful teams by helping them to navigate through rough seas.

Show Highlights:

  • It helps to have support when you’re younger to become a leader. —Douglas Ward
  • If you want to be a great leader, you have to be a good follower. What were you doing to support the leadership that came before you? The greatest followers provide push back and make the leaders think. —Douglas Ward
  • You have to have an adaptable attitude. Things will never go as planned. —Douglas Ward
  • You have to trust your people. Don’t bring in pipe hitters if you’re not going to let them swing the pipe. —Douglas Ward
  • When you have workers leaving, that usually means there’s a problem with the manager. You have to address it. —Douglas Ward
  • Managers need to understand that it’s not about you, it’s about your people. —Douglas Ward
  • If you open up, it will make you a better leader. —Douglas Ward

Douglas’ final thoughts: Reach outside your network. Reach out to people and ask questions. All you have to do is ask people for help.

The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve life, sales, and other business goals. Each week, he interviews some of the nation’s top thought leaders and experts, sharing meaningful tips and advice. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

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