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Interview with John Baldoni

In this interview John Baldoni reveals tips for successful leadership and also tells us how his keynotes are unique and useful. Read on below.

What is the message you hope people take away from your presentations?

The focus of my presentation is to provide attendees with techniques and tools they can put to use to become more effective leaders. Whether the attendee is a senior executive, or one just beginning her career, my presentations focus on practical ways managers can provide the leadership their followers are looking for. A prime focus for me is what leaders need to do bring people together for common cause. Followers are looking for direction as well as inspiration. It is up to leaders to deliver on those expectations and my presentation show them how to do so.


How are your keynotes unique?

I consider my presentations to be teaching opportunities. I teach attendees how to lead with purpose, communicate with clarity, motivate with inspiration and learn to be humble. I believe in the power of story and I weave narratives into my presentations as a means of making my presentations more memorable and ultimately more useful.


What are 3 important qualities of a great leader?

Leaders need to possess three qualities in quantity.

  • One, character. We expect our leaders to be honest and ethical and to do the right thing. Without character there is no trust.
  • Two, smarts. We need our leaders to be intellectually curious. Leaders need to know how to ask the right questions and find people with the right answers.
  • Three, humility. We need our leaders to be self-aware and that means they know their strengths as well as their shortcomings. A humble leader is a strong leader, one who knows what he must improve and how he must lead.


Have leadership approaches had to change during the crisis?

When times are tough, leaders need to do three things:

  1. Be seen: people need to see their leaders
  2. Be heard: people need to hear what they leaders have to say and leaders in turn need to listen
  3. Be there: leaders must be accessible and available.

My working definition of leadership is that leaders do what the organization needs them to do: be seen, be heard and be there. Never is this more true than in challenging times.


What type of audience gains the most from your keynotes?

Anyone interested in how to become the leader they wish to become.


How does humor play a part in your keynote presentations?

Humor is the great leveler. None of us is perfect and we all like to laugh. So as one who teaches leaders it is important that I use humor as a means of promoting greater levels of understanding. So I like to tell funny stories about people I know or even myself as a means of making my teaching points more accessible and memorable.


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