Leadership Development

This 20 min video provides a visual overview of the concepts associated with Leadership Development from the Inside-Out, The Leadership Foundation, The Workshop, and more...
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  • Book Review
    "The book is an easy-read, grounding us on the principles along with examples to be more authentic to self and to others. This truly is a foundation not only for great leadership, but for life!"
    Book Review
  • 5 Star Amazon Review
    This is a great book for anyone in business looking to enhance their leadership skills. Michael McGinnis teaches the most important techniques of becoming a great leadership. What I loved most about the book is where he writes that great leaders build up the employees in their organization first, and these inspired employees then build a great organization.
    5 Star Amazon Review
  • Five Star Review - Amazon
    This book is a refreshing change from the conceptual to the practical. I found myself thinking about the “leaders” I have worked for and with over my career and how I felt and how productive I was in each situation. The author does a great job distilling down to the true essence of leadership. This book is a roadmap for personal discovery and a journey to a better leader with personal stories to reinforce the points. Well done!
    Five Star Review - Amazon
  • 5 Star Amazon Review
    The True Essence of Leadership. This book is a refreshing change from the conceptual to the practical. I found myself thinking about the “leaders” I have worked for and with over my career and how I felt and how productive I was in each situation. The author does a great job distilling down to the true essence of leadership. This book is a roadmap for personal discovery and a journey to a better leader with personal stories to reinforce the points. Well done!
    5 Star Amazon Review
  • 5 Star Amazon Review
    There are Bosses and there are Leaders... In this book, Michael clearly and concisely shares the ins and outs of leadership and how easy it is for a leader to become just another boss. From his vast experience and expertise, the author shares a strategy on how to become a consistent and effective leader in any field and with any team. Extremely refreshing book, I would recommend to anyone that wants to lead people the right way. I would recommend to anyone that wants to lead people the right way.
    5 Star Amazon Review
  • T. Hall
    In the years that we worked together at Bose, I always knew there was something very special about you. I'm not talking about talent, exceptional expertise in your area, or your ability to put together excellent training. I see now what that was. It was your heart. That, my friend, is the best quality about you. You have lived a full life - excelling professionally and always caring more for others than for yourself. You have, and continue to, bless others.
    T. Hall
  • N. Stephen
    Mike is a highly effective leader and leading complex Talent Management initiatives. Able to navigate complex problems and stakeholders, Mike demonstrated significant results in all the projects he took on. Working across the globe and with individuals at all levels, and in many cultures, Mike was able to understand individual and team level motivations to influence positive outcomes.
    N. Stephen
  • M. Bush
    Michael led the development of Bose Production System University, modeled after the Toyota Production System. Graduates of the program rated the learning and application of the "new" way of doing business as the most impactful and significant change in thinking and approaching their work. The impact of implemented Lean in the business resulted business benefits not imagined. In most cases improvements to quality, service, delivery and time were improved by 50%.
    M. Bush
  • P. Righellis
    It’s not often we meet people in both our professional and personal lives that have truly gone deep to find their inner selves. You would be one of those people, and for that, you should be very proud for both the courage, perseverance and results.
    P. Righellis
  • M. de la Torre
    "He has been a coach and a mentor to me and to all his team members, Michael has a solid and positive impact in the development of every employee under his leadership."
    M. de la Torre
  • "A few years ago when Michael joined BOSE company our training department was an average organization with average results and so-so accomplishments. Under Michael's leadership BOSE joined the ranks of the companies with World Class Training Organization and the program that made significant difference in our workforce performance."
    W. Kopiec
  • S. Hilsher
    "I have had the pleasure working with Michael as he drove organizational training to a level I had never experienced. His passion for developing learning across varied work functions and topics was only matched by the innovation he applied to the delivery of the training."
    S. Hilsher
  • M. Smith
    "Michael is one of the most talented leaders that I have worked with in 15 years. His innovations around people development are not equally matched anywhere."
    M. Smith
  • T. Burke
    "Michael is a very knowledgeable Training Leader who through the years has proven himself as the can-do go-to guy. His knowledge of the Toyota Production System style of manufacturing associated with World Class Training methods helped set our facility apart as a leader within the company as well as globally in both arenas."
    T. Burke
  • B. Hathaway
    "I feel that Mike's contributions were a growth enabling factor for Jabil. I have considerable respect for his skill, creativity and energy. I feel that Mike will be a leader in his area of competence no matter who he works for."
    B. Hathaway
  • D. Gibson
    "I would have to say that Michael makes a difference in every person he comes in contact with. He is able to transfer his energy and passion for learning and personal development into an individual or a large group."
    D. Gibson
  • B. Chapman
    "I have always had great admiration for what Michael McGinnis does for the e-learning industry. Somehow he finds time to both work as a learning practitioner (for Bose) and simultaneously share information about how to create learning on a shoestring budget through conference presentations, white papers, and sharing information. I wish there were more people like Michael who so freely share what they know with others, without asking "what's in it for me?" "Thanks Michael."
    B. Chapman
  • K. Gordon
    "I would not be where I am today without the commitment to my development by Mike. He is an amazing leader that focuses on the development of his team and others. His results are outstanding and a result of his focus on people first"
    K. Gordon
  • S. Janz
    "He developed and implemented a remarkable, ground-breaking measurement strategy to assess the efficiency, effectiveness and alignment of a global management program."
    S. Janz
  • T. Ellis
    "I can truly say without hesitation that Michael is the most visionary leader that I've ever worked with or met."
    T. Ellis
  • K. Martin
    "When reviewing his work on the largest management development initiative in the history of the company, I was extremely impressed with not only the metrics he captured, but how he used visual management to showcase them."
    K. Martin
  • K. Nordin
    "Truly a global leader in providing incredible and effective learning solutions across all cultures and backgrounds."
    K. Nordin


The most powerful learning from years of research and facilitation of leadership development programs, is that truly great leaders operate from a strong moral compass and personal foundation, which I refer to as the Leadership Foundation. This includes Self Awareness (personal growth & reflection), strong Personal Beliefs & Values (their operating manual) and a powerful understanding of their Purpose (intrinsic motivation and true north). However these were topics not taught in leadership development programs.

Early in my career, I was recognized as a “high-potential”. My manager spoke to me about an opportunity to prepare me for more senior leadership roles. I was delighted to hear this and jumped at the opportunity, which consisted of a two-year development assignment in our Corporate Management Education department. My assignment was to conduct thorough research on the topic of effective leadership, assess myself against what I learned, learn how to develop myself as a leader, and from my learnings and
experience, propose a leadership development curriculum for other high-potentials like myself. The intention was to help me become a great leader by first understanding what a great leader was, and then taking a hard look in the mirror to determine what I needed to become one.

During this assignment, I discovered one of the most amazing insights: traditional leadership curriculum was merely training; it had no magic itself. Anyone could attend a training class, but this did not mean such attendees would be good leaders. It was about the person sitting in the training class—her motivation, intention, and willingness to change. It was about his willingness to develop self-awareness, to look for his rough edges, and to prepare himself to take responsibility for leading others. Few seemed to have a motivation other than a checkmark on their development plan. This inspired my own determination to find a better way.

This book is for those current and aspiring leaders to taking that hard look within to grow your leadership foundation. Developing your leadership foundation is a life-changing experience. It is nearly impossible to go backwards once you make this journey. You will come to understand yourself in ways that are deep and profound and grow your awareness of self, understanding your personal issues that inhibit your leadership ability, defining the values and beliefs that you stand for, along with creating a powerful purpose that will drive you forward. You become a leader of the people, for the people, and for the benefit of your company, country, society and humanity.

Thank you for considering this investment in self, which will have the ripple effect on your employees, teams, constituents, clients, customers, company, county, state, country and ultimately humanity. Be the role model that focuses on the greater good first, and self, second. At the end of the day, it is all about the people we touch and the influence we have on them which is the truly lasting impact we have as leaders!

"The book is an easy-read, grounding us on the principles along with examples to be more authentic to self and to others. This truly is a foundation not only for great leadership, but for life!"

Leadership Foundation Workshop

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