6 episodes

What makes a leader worth* following? That little asterisk next to “worth” is the answer. It references the hidden truth that lives at the very core of effective (and ineffective) leadership. The Be Worth* Following Podcast explores this surprising truth and how it plays out in the lives of real leaders. Be Worth* Following is an original show from the People Forward Network, and it invites you to rethink what you think about leadership. Join host Tim Spiker, author of The Only Leaders Worth* Following, as he talks to leaders, thinkers, and researchers about what actually drives leadership across the globe and over time.

Be Worth* Following Tim Spiker

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 13 Ratings

What makes a leader worth* following? That little asterisk next to “worth” is the answer. It references the hidden truth that lives at the very core of effective (and ineffective) leadership. The Be Worth* Following Podcast explores this surprising truth and how it plays out in the lives of real leaders. Be Worth* Following is an original show from the People Forward Network, and it invites you to rethink what you think about leadership. Join host Tim Spiker, author of The Only Leaders Worth* Following, as he talks to leaders, thinkers, and researchers about what actually drives leadership across the globe and over time.

    It’s Not ALL About You with Steve Dils

    It’s Not ALL About You with Steve Dils

    Business is a team sport.
    Before Steve Dils made the switch to the business world, he had a decade-long career in the NFL. Now Managing Director and Principal at Avison Young, he believes leaders are responsible for their team's wins and losses.
    In this episode, Steve discusses how his leadership style is greatly influenced by his athletic career. Listen to hear the lessons he learned from his coaches, including the legendary Bill Walsh. Along the way, you’ll learn what it means to be a caretaker of culture and why catering to star team members is a slippery slope.

    • 39 min
    ROP (Return on People) with Kevin Gearheart

    ROP (Return on People) with Kevin Gearheart

    Investing in your employees is an investment in your company.

    Kevin Gearheart, the President of Rehab Medical, sees that prioritizing the development of people leads to invaluable returns. By giving his employees the tools they need to succeed, Kevin fosters loyalty to his company and ensures his organization is filled with highly skilled workers.

    In this episode, you’ll hear how providing people the opportunity to flourish ends up growing your business as well. Along the way you’ll also learn how putting in that effort goes hand-in-hand with being a preferred employer.

    • 33 min
    (Actually) Leading with Values with Andrew Larson, Gustave A. Larson Company

    (Actually) Leading with Values with Andrew Larson, Gustave A. Larson Company

    "Let the values guide you."

    Andrew Larson, CEO of Gustave A. Larson Company, an HVAC wholesaler, inherited both the company and their values from his father. Every day Andrew puts in the work to make sure each and every person in the organization lives out those core values. After all, it’s easy to follow once you know the direction to go.

    In this episode, listen to hear how clear-cut values keep everyone on the same page and how sticking to them has led Andrew and the company to see record profits as well.

    Resources Mentioned:
    - Andrew’s Father’s letter to the company
    - How to be A Great Boss: https://www.eosworldwide.com/how-to-be-a-great-boss-book
    - Leadership and Self Deception: https://arbingerinstitute.com/Landing/LeadershipAndSelfDeception.html
    - The Culture Index

    • 38 min
    Smart Isn't Enough with Rick Packer, Table Group

    Smart Isn't Enough with Rick Packer, Table Group

    "There are two requirements for success in any organization. You have to be both smart and healthy."

    That tidbit is from Rick Packer, a consultant with Table Group. He says the smart side is easy—it's what you learned in business school—but health goes much deeper. It's the undercurrents of an organization and a leader has to have the skills to build that health.
    Are you guilty of only putting emphasis on "smarts"? How much focus are you giving to the health of your team?

    Take a listen to this episode of Be Worth* Following for tips on how to do just that.

    • 36 min
    Lead the Person, Not the Employee with Claire David, CareVet

    Lead the Person, Not the Employee with Claire David, CareVet

    You get out what you put in. The same thing goes for those you lead. That's why Claire David, Chief People and Culture Officer at CareVet, says you should be intentional about creating personal, not just transactional, relationships with those you work with.

    Claire was fortunate enough to find herself working for someone who invested in her success without ever expecting anything in return. Knowing someone had faith in her led Claire to work harder and pushed her to be a better employee. Take a listen to this episode to learn about the importance of focusing on the success of others and how that can pay off in numerous unexpected ways.

    • 35 min
    Introducing Be Worth* Following

    Introducing Be Worth* Following

    What makes a leader worth* following? That little asterisk next to “worth” is the answer. It references the hidden truth that lives at the very core of effective (and ineffective) leadership. The Be Worth* Following Podcast explores this surprising truth and how it plays out in the lives of real leaders. Be Worth* Following is an original show from the People Forward Network, and it invites you to rethink what you think about leadership. Join host Tim Spiker, author of The Only Leaders Worth* Following, as he talks to leaders, thinkers, and researchers about what actually drives leadership across the globe and over time.

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

@MrsLeigh ,

Relatable & Applicable

We can sit around and read “airport leadership” books all day and get all kinds of principles, and maybe there’s nothing wrong with that, but what I like about this podcast is that it’s real people, with real stories. Tim asks great questions and I feel as if we are all sitting at some cafe table just chatting about how leadership actually works. Can’t wait for more. Well done.

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