Become the Leader You'd Love to Follow – Practical Meditations on Crafting Vision, Building Alignment, & Driving Execution
In the simplest sense, a leader is someone with followers. While it’s popular these days to embrace slogans such as “Everyone a leader,” they are simply not true.
Leadership is a high calling and should be pursued by those who have the desire, drive, and ability to develop the necessary character and behaviors. Some people are born leaders. Others are developed as leaders. Most should seek to follow commendable leaders. Find your calling, be it leader or follower, and pursue it. Either outcome has value and will serve as a reward for the time you invest reading and reflecting on these pages.
About Stephen Julian (Dayton, Ohio Author)
Dr. Stephen Julian is President of Julian Consulting, a firm specializing in team health, effective communication, and leadership development. He has worked with leaders and their teams for nearly 30 years in a variety of settings - including Africa, South, and Central America.
Stephen earned a Ph.D. in Communications from Northwestern University and has taught for a number of prestigious schools, including Northwestern University, The Ohio State University, and the University of Notre Dame. He was selected more than once for inclusion in Who's Who among America's Teachers, placing him among less than 1% of America's college professors honored in this way.
Stephen is invited regularly to speak to groups about personal development and interpersonal relationships. He leads individuals and teams through self-assessment and team enhancement principles using tools such as Everything DiSC and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Guiding organizations through problem-solving processes he emphasizes the need to address both behavioral systems and interpersonal relationships.
A passionate, gifted communicator, Stephen desires to free people to be themselves and to appreciate others so that healthy teams can emerge and be developed. He believes in focusing on one's strengths, addressing one's debilitative weaknesses (those that undermine one's effectiveness), and surrounding oneself with people having complementary strengths.
Stephen's passion for communication began early - spending what seemed like half of third grade in the hall for talking. He was a successful debater and extemporaneous speaker, placing 2nd in the State of Ohio in Lincoln-Douglas debate. Since that time he has learned to listen and to rely more on appealing to rational self-interest through an understanding of the personalities of others than on domination through logic.
Stephen is a lifelong learner who was told by his wife of more than 30 years, "Your next degree will be with your next wife." Currently he is not enrolled in a degree program.
About Timothy Parsons (Co-Author)
Timothy Parsons is the Emergency Case Manager at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Specializing in acute crisis intervention, he helps at-risk students who are dealing with a variety of significant issues that are impacting their ability to be successful. Tim is clinically trained and has worked in various settings, including private practice, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, ministry, and overseas international education.