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 Chief Technical Officer and owner of Platte Canyon Multimedia Software Corporation, a leader in developing commercial software that Improves the Lives of Training Developers. 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 Masters degree in Economics from the London School of Economics, which he attended under a British Marshall Scholarship. Jeff is the author of "Programming for e-Learning Developers: ToolBook, Flash, JavaScript, & Silverlight" and "VBTrain.Net: Creating Computer and Web Based Training with Visual Basic .NET." He also co-wrote "The ToolBook Companion." He has had numerous articles on training development published and is a frequent presenter at conferences both in the U.S. and Europe. Jeff lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Sue and sons Derek and Michael.

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