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What Makes a Good Leader with Bob Tiede

Bob Tiede is an accomplished leadership expert, author, and blogger who has served on the leadership team of Cru for fifty years.

Bob Tiede has been helping people work from their happy place for a decade. His Leading with Questions approach teaches leaders to be “serial askers” instead of “serial teller.” By doing so, leaders discover barriers to progress and workflow issues while fostering a healthier, more productive workplace. Thanks, as always, for your time.
Ten years ago, Bob Tiede stumbled upon the book that changed his life: Power Questions by Jerold Pans and Andrew Sobel. After reading about the value of asking questions, and thinking about his 40 years as a leader, he had an epiphany: He had spent his entire professional life as a benevolent dictator, “telling” instead of asking in his personal and professional life.

Eager to share his knowledge, Bob started a blog, Leading with Questions (see the press kit here). Nine years and more than one thousand blog posts later, Bob has connected thousands of leaders, and published four eBooks (translated into several languages that he gives away for free. His salt-of-the-earth, generous, no-nonsense style has enabled him to forge connections with people worldwide, from all walks of life, and to be a change agent for the good of leaders anywhere and everywhere.

Bob is a graduate of the University of South Dakota who has amassed a following from top-tier leaders and others as a plain-speaking change-agent, reminding leaders to focus on asking questions instead of feeling like they need to have all the answers.

Bob grew up on a farm in a close-knit family and became involved at a young age in the Christian student movement that is now Cru.

“A good leader knows the strengths of every team member.”

Episode Summary –
Just because someone has been in the workplace for many years, it doesn’t mean they are a good leader. Even getting a promotion doesn’t necessarily make them an excellent leader.

In order to become a great leader, you need to acquire good leadership skills; leadership is not about just delegating tasks. A good leader impacts their company’s performance as a whole by expertly encouraging their team to perform at their optimum strength.
A good leader knows how to value and motivate every team member to be their best. That ensures employees who are happy, productive, and well connected with the company’s objective.
In this episode, Bob Tiede shares some valuable tips on how you can develop your leadership skills by asking better questions.


Snapshot of the Key Points from the Episode:
[02:06] Bob shares his background story and discusses the importance of developing next-generation leaders.
[04:43] Bob shares tips on becoming a great leader.
[08:03] Bob talks about his “8-second” rule for improving your listening skills.
[11:58] Bob talks about the skillsets that have helped him succeed.
[14:57] Bob shares three ways to have productive team meetings.
[21:07] Bob talks about his most outstanding accomplishment.
[23:20] An ongoing challenge that Bob is working on and how he is trying to navigate through it.
[25:41] What does working from your happy place mean to Bob?
[27:30] The importance of networking for leaders and how to master your networking skills.
[31:34] Bob shares two stories about a Navy Captain and Walt Disney on how they turned around their performance by asking good questions.


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About the Host –

Belinda Ellsworth is a Speaker, Trainer, Best-Selling Author, and Podcaster

She has been a professional speaker, mover, and shaker for more than 25 years. Having built three successful companies, she has helped thousands of entrepreneurs make better decisions, create successful systems, and build business strategies using her “Four Pillars of Success” system.

Belinda has always had a passion and zest for life with the skill for turning dreams into reality. 

Over the last 20 years, she has been expertly building her speaking and consulting business, Step Into Success.


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