Leadership Tips to Live By

An Interview with Dave Herda Sr.

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During a college course on leadership in the workplace, one of our assignments was to interview a prominent leader of any organization. At the time, I worked for Ameritech when Dick Notebaert was CEO. I tried to get in touch with him, but to my disappointment (and his) he would be in Europe on vacation for several weeks.

There are leaders all around us. They don’t have to be the president of a large corporation, or have a big title. What they do need is the experience of being a good leader in which their reputation attests time and again that they are worthy of recognition and greatness. Therefore, I chose to interview David Herda, superintendent of the Northern Illinois Gas Company.

Below are 8 interview questions on leadership that I asked Mr. Herda.

1. What is your philosophy on leadership?

“To lead by example. You can’t ask subordinates to do something that you wouldn’t do.”

“You can’t compromise your scruples or morals.”

“You must encourage your subordinates and support them.”

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Where Are “We” Headed?


It is extremely difficult to be part of a team that has no direction. Imagine working in a team that has to build something but has no plan for the task. Without any clear direction or plan, the team will not be successful. Add in competition from other teams and the task becomes that much more difficult. The same can be said for organizations without a clear direction. Continue Reading →

Transformational Leaders: What Can They Do For Your Organization?


We all know how important leaders are for the success of an organization. How would you define the characteristics that a great leader possesses? It can be difficult to put into words what makes a great leader. Some would answer, “They are just a born leader.” How can we define transformational leaders and use their skills to make the best organization? Continue Reading →

What Can We Learn From Military Leadership?


The military is often critically examined because of the leadership implications that can be gained. When I think about the military, I think of structure and very strong leadership. The military system is status-based, meaning that each individual has a different rank that determines his or her place in the overall structure. I have always been fascinated by the strong leadership skills that high ranking members of the military exhibit. What can we learn from the military? Continue Reading →