Two Great Leadership Speeches

I’ve run into two outstanding leadership speeches recently. The first is by General Welsh, commander of the U.S. Air Force in Europe. It is from a recent speech to the Cadet Wing at the Air Force Academy. I remember some good speeches while I was a cadet, but none as impressive as this. I particularly liked how he called everyone, even lieutenants, by their first names and gave the whole speech without any notes. Kudos to the Association of Graduates for sending out a link with the speech.

General Welsh Speech to USAFA

The second video came via my wife Sue, who in turned got it from her boss Toby. The concept that “people don’t buy what you do but why you do it” is fascinating. There are lots of good examples and anecdotes as well.

How Great Leaders Inspire Action by Simon Sinek

About Jeff Rhodes
Jeff Rhodes is the Branch Chief, Program Office Support at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Prior to that, he was the Academic Chief Technical Officer at the United States Air Force Academy and previously a Senior IT Specialist in charge of SharePoint and other key systems at the Academy. Jeff was the founder and Chief Technical Officer of Platte Canyon Multimedia Software Corporation, a leader in developing commercial e-learning software. He graduated at the top of his class at the Air Force Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Jeff received a Master’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics, which he attended under a British Marshall Scholarship. He is the author of Creating Business Applications with Office 365: Techniques in SharePoint, PowerApps, Power BI, and More, Programming for e-Learning Developers: ToolBook, Flash, JavaScript, and Silverlight, VBTrain.Net: Creating Computer and Web Based Training with Visual Basic .NET and The ToolBook Companion. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Sue and is the proud father of his sons Derek and Michael.

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