How To Lead Yourself Before Leading Others With Daniel Harkavy

Self leadership always precedes team leadership. The idea that we can become strong leaders by learning what to teach others before adopting lessons ourselves, is foolish.

Today’s guest is man of incredible success. Daniel Harkavy has more than 25 years of level 5 leadership experience and is the Wall Street Journal best selling author of “Living Forward: A Proven Plan To Stop Drifting & Get The Life You Want“.


Daniel has coached thousands of business leaders to peak levels of success, performance, and profitability. His company Building Champions and their 40 employees serve as executive advisors to companies like Nike, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, MetLife, US Bank, Chick-fil-A, Northwestern Mutual, Merrill Lynch and many others.

Powerful Quotes From This Episode

  • We don’t just care about the 9-5 but 5-9 as well.
  • Our pace equals empathy to those we lead.
  • The goal of an argument is to win their heart, not just their mind
  • Teach us to number our days so that we may gain a heart of wisdom – Psalm 92
  • Growing old is unavoidable but growing up is optional.

Books Recommended

  • Leading An Inspired Life: This influential book contains the foundational principles that anyone can learn to achieve success in both business and in life. It’s a compendium of the very best of Jim Rohn’s philosophies.
  • Boundaries: Offers guidelines on how to recognize and establish healthy boundaries, while providing assistance on how to deal with such issues as disappointing others, saying no, and overcoming fear and guilt.
  • Oh The Places You’ll Go: Seuss’s message is simple but never sappy: life may be a ‘Great Balancing Act,’ but through it all ‘There’s fun to be done.
  • Management: Peter Drucker discusses the tools and techniques of successful management practice that have been proven effective, and he makes them meaningful and easily accessible.
  • The Advantage: This book provides leaders with a groundbreaking, approachable model for achieving organizational health–complete with stories, tips and anecdotes from his experiences consulting to some of the nation’s leading organizations.
  • The 5 Dysfunctions of A Team: Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams even the best ones-often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team.
  • Rework: Rework shows you a better, faster, easier way to succeed in business. Read it and you’ll know why plans are actually harmful, why you don’t need outside investors, and why you’re better off ignoring the competition. The truth is, you need less than you think.

What about you? Are you leading yourself well? What stood out about this interview? Let me know in the comments below.

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  1. Kristin says:

    Hi there–

    Is there a way I can download your podcasts so I can listen to them from my music player on my way to work? (In other words, I’d like to listen offline.)

    That would be really convenient!

    • You can access them on Soundcloud.com and save them to your computer if you’d like to sync them to a music player that doesn’t have the ability to host apps like the Podcast app from apple or Soundcloud’s app. That should work!

  2. Awesome, Godly and Sound advice! Love it!
    Thank you Dale, and thank you Daniel for the 3D Vision Tool.


  3. Yvonne Williams says:

    GREAT advice and echo commentary from your YouTube broadcasts Dale. Especially me needing to realize that the next 5 minutes determines my future. To repeat, daily, what my vision is…to confirm it through the Scriptures and TAKE ACTION.

    My vision for my PILLOWS is leaving my head and founding paper! THIS WEEKEND =D Fear is NOT winning. This is because of timely, honest discussions from you and others you’ve gathered for folks such as me. As a project manager, I’m tempted to have all the ducks in a row and have a SMART file to pull from.

    Well beginning my life anew as a production artist IS new for me. My next BEST step is to BEGIN.
    The 1st STEP was to respond to your personalized e-mail to me.

    THANK you so much for everything you do Dale. GOD KEEP YOU & YOUR HOUSEHOLD.

    Blessings… yvonne williams


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