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7 Top Leadership Tips from Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates

  • By Andrea Schlapia
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  • May 22, 2018

This week I have the pleasure of attending and presenting at the Raymond James National Conference for Professional Development in Washington DC. The conference always has world-class keynote speakers, and today I was particularly impressed by Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

In addition to being phenomenally funny, he gave a rousing speech that brought the crowd to its feet upon its conclusion.

Leadership is a big focus of my coaching of financial advisors, and Dr. Gates essentially defines the word leadership after holding positions including Defense Secretary, Director of Central Intelligence, President of Texas A&M and more.

7 Insights on Leadership

“There is a difference between leadership and management. Leadership is looking at the future.”

“Leaders listen to their employees. Listening is a big part of leadership – to your employees, clients and key stake holders.”

“Leaders must be confident in their vision and willing to shift the vision via the finding from the listening.”

“Surround yourself with people smarter than you are and integrate their ideas into the plan.”

“A characteristic of effective leadership that doesn’t get enough attention is a sense of humor.”

“Listening, consultation, inclusivity and transparency are the keys to leadership.”

“You can be one of the strongest leaders in the world, and still treat people kindly and with the utmost respect.”

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Author Bio

Andrea Schlapia, RCC™, HCS, sHRBP, is the Founder and CEO of Ironstone, which represents the culmination of her 20+ year career within the financial services industry. Her experience began as a financial advisor evolving into a consultant coach for advisors entering the field. This ignited her passion to support others through learning and development of best practices in order to achieve substantial results. To this end, she followed her desire into positions of senior-level practice management specialists for Dreyfus, Prudential, and DWS Investments prior to the realization of Ironstone.  Andrea’s focus is on practice management strategies to enhance and improve both business and personal life. Andrea identifies 4 key performance areas known as the Fundamental 4™, which are required to design, develop, and sustain a successful business. Through coaching sessions and speaking engagements, she captivates her audience with interactive, high-energy presentations which are built with “how-to” strategies resulting in real-world implementation for significant impact. Andrea has been featured in multiple publications and audio broadcasts as a specialist and distinguished spokeswoman in the financial industry.