Just 3 Questions about Leadership with Don Soderquist

Who is the best leader you have ever sat under and why were they so good?


Don Soderquist joined Walmart Stores, Inc., in 1980 as an Executive Vice President. He served as the Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer from 1988 to 1998 and as the Senior Vice Chairman from January 1999 to August 2000. Under his watch, the company grew from the largest retailer in the world, doing $43 billion in sales, to the largest company in the world, with sales topping $200 billion. In this first video, he answers, “Who is the best leader you have ever sat under and why were they so good?”


Why is authenticity such an attractive characteristic in a leader?
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Have you ever worked under someone who was prone to saying one thing, but doing another? How did that influence the culture of your team?
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Sam Walton made it a point to treat everyone the same—whether they were a high-power executive or a store cashier. Why is showing equal respect for each person you lead important, especially for Christian leaders?
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What is the most important thing you do to develop leaders?


In this next clip, Don answers the question, "What is the most important thing you do to develop leaders?"     


Who has made a significant impact on your leadership? How did their time investment in you shape who you are today?
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Who on your team would you like to develop as a leader? What are some opportunities you can create to invest in them, one-on-one?
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What is the most important thing you do to develop yourself as a leader?


In this next clip, Don answers the question, "What is the most important thing you do to develop yourself as a leader?"


What are some ways that you receive feedback from the people you lead and/or customers you serve? How does that feedback shape your leadership?
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Do you take time to regularly evaluate how you're doing as a leader? If so, how has this impacted your ability to lead well? If not, what would it look like to incorporate self-evaluation into your leadership development?
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What is the most important thing you do to develop your faith on a daily basis?


In this bonus clip, Don answers the question, "What is the most important thing you do to strengthen your Christian faith on a daily basis?"


Describe a time when you've been so busy doing things for the Lord that you've failed to take the time to grow closer to him. How did that season impact you?
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When do you feel closest to the Lord? What activities/spiritual disciplines help you, personally, know Him more?
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No two people lead exactly the same way, but there are sound leadership principles that can help you become all the leader God has planned you to be. May God grant you wisdom and grace as you lead others in His service.