Interview with Instigator John Bossong

We last interviewed John Bossong in the November 2012 Lead Change newsletter and wanted to get an update from him as to where he is now in his leadership journey! In his original interview, John shared his background in leadership:

I've been in leadership positions for most of my career, in the transportation industry. I believe leading in the trenches is where you develop your leadership skills and abilities. I also think self-development is important. There is so much information available now, learning if free. It's a matter of putting in the time and effort to grow. 

John, it's been almost 18 months since your last interview with Lead Change. What's been happening in your leadership world in the last year and a half?

The last 18 months I've been spending the majority of my leadership time at work; we opened a new location, so that's where I've been focusing my leadership efforts, leading our team.  

What are your goals for the next 18 months?  What kinds of things are you pursuing in your leadership and development?

I'll be focusing my efforts with the family and being a leader to my 3 daughters. They are at the age where my influence (leadership) is crucial. I'll also be finishing up a year-long certification for work in the transportation industry.  

What do you do to engage in leadership?

I try to read as much as possible and attend leadership events whenever possible. Interacting through social media is good; however, it can become time consuming if you let it! It's a great way to meet new people and learn.

Do you have a recommendation you'd make to a developing leader? What might you suggest to help a leader move their leadership to the next level?

Surround yourself with great people. Read, study and learn as much as you can. Don't be afraid to reach out to other people. People are willing to share and help. Realize you will make mistakes and fail, but in the process you will grow.  

Do you have a book or person that particularly influenced you?

I have 3 people who have influenced me. The first is my dad, the second is my oldest brother, and the third is my wife. The Bible is my favorite book, it has great leadership information. There are a lot of great books and authors so it's hard to single one out. I do enjoy Jim Collins' work, Stephen Covey, John Maxwell, Bill Hybel, Ken Blanchard, Malcolm Gladwell, Seth Godin, Simon Sinek, Dave Ramsey. Those are some of my favorites.


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