Extreme Ownership

Extreme Ownership

Because reading is so important to my learning, and subsequently leadership growth and development, occasionally I like to share a book that has really been impactful for me here on Your Leadership Coach.

Today, I’m sharing a brief review of the book Extreme Ownership by Navy Seals Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. 



Game Plan

First, I highly recommend you read the book, Extreme Ownership. You can find it here via our Amazon Affiliate link: Extreme Ownership

Next, here are a couple questions to ask yourself. Answer honestly. What areas in your life (both personally and professionally) are you not taking extreme ownership of? What goals have you not met, where you are blaming others for your lack of progress?

Last, be proactive and take back control of your life and your goals. How? By taking full, and not partial, responsibility for them.


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Top Posts From 2019 (#1-5)

Top Posts From 2019 (#1-5)


I am continuing the countdown of my top posts from 2019. Last time, I shared numbers 6-10. If you missed that post you can check it out here.

Here are my top 5 blog posts from 2019. Drum roll please… 


  1. Lessons From 20 Years of Being in Leadership (Part 1)

Back in March, I celebrated my birthday. Besides celebrating turning 37 years old (I know, I’m getting old), it also marked 20 years of me being in leadership. To celebrate this milestone, I share the top lessons that have shaped and influenced my leadership over the last 20 years. You can watch that video here.

  1. 5 Tips for a Successful Interview

Over my professional career, I have been fortunate to have roles that allowed me to hire my own team. As a result, I have interviewed hundreds of eager candidates looking for a job. In this Leadership Training Session, I share some tips on how to make your next interview a success.

  1. The First Ingredient That All Great Leaders Have (Part 1)

There are many different leadership styles and types of leaders. But the great leaders share a few characteristics that make their leadership powerful. Those qualities separate the great leaders from the merely good ones. In this training session, I share the first ingredient that all great leaders have. You can watch the video here.

  1. Effective Communication (Part 2: Praise) 

In his book “How to Win Friends and Influence People” Dale Carnegie said, “90% of all management problems are caused by communication.” I think we could also say that 90% of all relationship issues or marital problems are caused by miscommunication. In this leadership training session I share about the importance of praise and some practical tips on how to effectively communicate through the use of praise. You can watch that video here.

  1. Why Your Leadership Coach? 

I think it’s fitting that the first training session we filmed is also my top post for 2019. In this session, I share the purpose of this blog and also one of the greatest passions of my life. You can watch that video here.


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Top Posts From 2019 (#6-10)

Top Posts From 2019 (#6-10)


As 2019 comes to a close, I have been reflecting on this past year. There are so many things I am grateful for: my family and friends, starting the Shawn Welch Company, and this blog, Your Leadership Coach.

It’s hard to believe that 11 months ago we launched this leadership development blog and since the very first post back in February, I have been blown away at the response. There are so many aspiring leaders who are yearning to grow and take their leadership development to the next level. 

As the sun is setting on 2019 and we will soon ring in the new year, I want to celebrate this inaugural season of Your Leadership Coach by counting down our top 10 posts of the year. 


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  1. Becoming a Better Public Speaker (Part 1)

Public speaking is one of the top 3 fears that Americans have, and I can relate to that fear. I’ve been speaking in public for 20 years and I’m sure I’ve given well over 100 speeches since then. I still get nervous before going on stage, but over the years I have developed some tips and tools that have helped me become a better public speaker. You can watch that video here.

  1. My Word for 2019

Every year I choose one word that serves not as a replacement to my goals, but as a complement to them. This word becomes my theme for the year and provides vision, direction, and focus. Here’s my word for 2019.

  1. Is Everyone a Leader?

Many people ask me if they have what it takes to be a leader. That’s a good question, but the better one to ask is “Can anyone be a leader?” In this training session, I answer that question and discuss why I know you have what it takes to be a leader even though I have never met you. You can watch that video here.

  1. My Top 10 Leadership Books (1-2)

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” – President Harry S. Truman. Effective leaders read and they read often. Over the last few years, I have become a more avid reader and I share some of the books that have significantly shaped and influenced my leadership. It’s my hope that these books will aid in your leadership development as they have mine. You can watch that video here.

  1. My Top 10 Leadership Books (3-5)

I know many aspiring leaders who want to become more avid readers but there are so many leadership books out there and they don’t know where to begin. In this book recommendation series, I share numbers 3-5 of my top 10 leadership books of all time. You can watch that video here.


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One of the Most Underrated Leadership Skills

One of the Most Underrated Leadership Skills

What is one leadership skill that you feel is very underrated? Be thinking about that…we’ll come back to it in a moment, because I’d love to hear what you think. 

In this leadership training session, I share my thoughts on one of the most underrated leadership skills. One that is often overlooked, but incredibly powerful when developed and utilized. And I learned more about it by reading Bob Tiede’s newest book, “Now That’s a Great Question”



Session Recap

  • Are you a benevolent dictator? Are you likable and kind, but making things all about you?
  • Great leaders ask questions. This helps your team think for themselves instead of relying on your opinion all the time. And that produces great results in the long run.
  • A few favorite quotes:
    • “Bob’s 4 most favorite questions: What do you think? What else? What else? What else?”
    • “Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable.” -David Augsburger
    • “Telling creates resistance. Asking creates relationships.” -Andrew Sobel
  • Great leaders build influence through relationships.



What is one leadership skill that you feel is very underrated? Share your thoughts in the comments below, or join the conversation on social media. You can find us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook & Instagram.


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Ways We Can Equip You To Reach Your Potential

Ways We Can Equip You To Reach Your Potential

Over the last week I’ve shared some exciting news. We have formed the Shawn Welch Company, which exists to equip organizations, leaders, and their teams for maximum influence.

I’ve also shared some of the new services we are providing to help support and equip organizations for success. If you missed those videos, check out the links in the Resources section below.

Today, I’m sharing a new resource that we have for aspiring leaders like yourself.


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Ways We Can Equip Your Organization For Success (Part 1)

Ways We Can Equip Your Organization For Success (Part 2)

I’m Excited To Announce…

I’m Excited To Announce…


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