Unlabeled Leadership

032: Don Kirkey Puts Others First

March 17, 2021

On Wednesday episodes, I share leadership beliefs and unlabel terminology. I invite guests to share their expertise about small or big acts of leadership.

In Episode 32, Don Kirkey discusses three leadership beliefs related to the principle, Putting Others First. Don talks about valuing the success of others, accepting responsibility, and how crucial it is to build up others. Finally, Don advises us about how managers get work done through others.

00:00 Prologue: With International Leadership Experience

If you need help strengthening management performance, developing your organization, or managing your workforce, talk to Don. With more than thirty years of international leadership experience, Don knows how to develop employees, including executives and management. When he’s not consulting, he instructs as an associate graduate faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte through the Department of Educational Leadership.

01:46 Part 1: Giving credit for accomplishments to others is more important than taking credit

Don discusses valuing the success of others as much as your own. He warns about micromanagement as well.

07:26 Part 2: When outcomes are disappointing, accepting responsibility but never blaming (others or bad luck) is critical for personal accountability

Don shares a famous quotation from Harry Truman and discusses responsibility.

13:30 Part 3: Sacrificing or volunteering time, energy, resources, ego, and previous priorities to help others inspires loyalty and commitment

Don explains that part of leadership is to build up others. He talks some about mentorships.

19:15 Part 4: Management Revisited

Reflecting on the leadership principle, Don advises us about how managers should think about getting work done through others.

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Episode links

Don’s LinkedIn Profile

Don’s bio


Harry S. Truman: The buck stops here

Mary Parker Follett: Ideas on Management

Book Summary – Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change


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

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00:00 Theme music: Uplift Corporate Inspire by OlexandrIgnatov

01:28 Positive by pinkzebra

07:11 Uplifting Acoustic Summer by pinkzebra

13:15 Uplifting Inspiring Motivation by pinkzebra

19:00 Summer Dreams by pinkzebra

20:22 Fun and Flirty by BrownHouseMedia


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