How To Become A Leader Worth Following With Jim Van Eerden

My name is Dale Partridge. I’m a millennial. And it hurts. My generation has such a poor definition of leadership it almost causes me anxiety. The internet, though it has brought incredible value and information to our world, has also given a voice to many who shouldn’t talk. 


If you’ve spent anytime reading the pages of old books, hearing the stories of great men and women of time’s past, you’ll see this visible degradation of maturity. You’ll see this generation advertise their ignorance when they speak on direction, wisdom, and success.

And as the great Winston Churchill once said, “If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time.”

I believe that’s exactly what we do in this podcast. And as I say in today’s interview, I offer my loyalties and followership to very few people. But today’s guest is one of them. Jim Van Eerden is not just a rare leader, but a heritage man, stellar entrepreneur, husband to a radiant wife, and father of 11 children. Yes… eleven. 10 natural and one adopted (who also has Downs Syndrome).


In this episode, Jim and I discuss marriage, children, and leadership. As you might know, I’ve interviewed high caliber leaders from Jeff Foxworthy and Donald Miller to New York Times Bestselling Authors and social media influencers. But today’s show is top notch. You can listen by using the podcast player below.

Powerful Quotes From This Episode

  • Marriage requires some highly mature character traits: commitment, selflessness, and endurance.
  • What if your greatest achievement is not something you do, but someone you raise?
  • A sixty-hour workweek will not compensate for a poorly led personal life.
  • Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.
  • A leader is someone who has the courage to say publicly what everybody else is whispering privately.
  • It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.

What did you think? Were you challenged or inspired? Or maybe you hated it. Let me know in the comments below.

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  1. Love what you do here. You and your guest do a great job of raising the bar for influencers. I share your website with as many people as I can. Thanks for heeding your call!

    I would love to hear your take on the role of a leader as it pertains to philanthropy. Do we have a responsibility to take care of those in need? Why do we look to government? Can we and should we help our neighbor in need? Thanks again!


    Joe, TX

    • Thank you for the encouraging words and for sharing the site, Joe! I think I’ll be writing an article on that topic soon, so keep a look out for that!

  2. Dale,

    This was my favorite episode so far. As soon as I finished it once, I started it over again. Hearing Jim’s perspective on business and mission and the relationship between the two was incredibly refreshing. I recently started a business helping brands to connect with their customers in stronger ways by sharing about the impact they are making. We have the privilege of helping brands answer the question “How do I give back?” and “How do we tell those stories?”. Hearing about what Jim has done and been involved in and the success behind what he does is inspirational and encouraging to know what I am doing is possible.

    Thank you for you putting up the podcast and for sharing valuable information you have learned along the way. I look forward to meeting you and Jim one day, the respect I have for what you two are doing is hard to measure.

    Have a great day!

  3. So priviledged to be on this life journey with my big brother, Jim. (Even when for years, he thought my blogging was a “hobby.” Now he knows. ;))

    • Hey Jen! How funny. I remember him saying that. Hope you’re well.


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