Unlabeled Leadership

001: Andy Hibel and the Effect of Small Acts

Jan. 5, 2021

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I invite guests to share personal stories about small acts of leadership that help shape their lives.

Andy Hibel helps me launch the first episode by explaining his personal growth perspective, recognizing opportunities to lead, and how leadership is practiced.

00:45 Prologue:

Andy encouraged me to start the podcast, and I think it’s appropriate that he is part of the first show. We met at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before shifting his career from being a planned giving officer to an entrepreneur. Andy co-founded HigherEdJobs.com and is the company’s Chief Operating Officer. While he lives and works in the Chicago area and I work near Charlotte, I consider Andy a close friend.

02:17 Part 1: Choosing Your Attitude about Development

Whether grown organically or shaped deliberately, we all have a set of attitudes about personal and professional development. Andy shares something that helped shape his attitude about personal change.

09:26 Part 2: Opportunity to Lead

Leading mostly happens in small acts, but occasionally, we find substantial opportunities to lead. Andy tells a story about taking donors to the Holocaust Museum

19:17 Part 3: Leading with Action

Andy discusses his perspective of what’s considered to be leadership. Leading with our words is a leadership element, but speaking alone is insufficient, or at least, isn’t the most common part of leadership.


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Episode links


Andy’s bio from HigherEdJobs

Dr. Robert Ernst Carroll Memorial

A Historic Dedication to Caring for the Littlest Hands

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

About Man’s Search for Meaning (book) by Viktor E. Frankl

Gary DePaul's website

Gary's books:

   What the Heck Is Leadership and Why Should I Care?

   Nine Practices of 21st Century Leadership 


Background Music

You can find all the musical tracks at Envato Elements.

00:00 Theme music: Inspiring Uplifting Corporate by mixer_drummer

02:03 Here Forever by Adigold

09:08 Morning Glory by Adigold

18:59 Smooth Jazz by R-Production

26:11 Fun and Flirty by BrownHouseMedia

Lead on!

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