Andy Hibel and the Effect of Small Acts of Leadership

What I learned from colleagues about leadership


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I met Andy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before becoming a planned giving officer and, later, the co-founder of and is the company’s Chief Operating Officer. While Andy lives and works in the Chicago area and I work near Charlotte, I consider him a close friend.

Below describes Part 1 of the Unlabeled Leadership podcast with Andy [27:21].

Part 1: Choosing Your Attitude about Development

Regardless of role, we can lead others to help them grow mentally and morally. Andy shares a story about his orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Robert Carrol. If you know much about orthopaedic surgery, there usually is a substantial amount of work that patients need to do to recover. Dr. Carrol encouraged Andy to work hard at improving his mobility and hand capability. The work is much as a mental exercise as it is a physical one.

Dr. Carrol had a motto is:

Good Better Best: Never let them rest until your good is better and your better best.

Leadership is mostly about helping others develop. Dr. Carrol did just that, and his message to patients can carry over to their ongoing development.

In the podcast episode, Part 2, Andy talks about the Holocaust Museum and how he addressed a room full of donors. In Part 3, Andy encourages us to make a difference through actions and not just thoughts.

To hear Andy Hibel’s leadership stories, listen to Episode 001: Andy Hibel and the Effect of Small Acts. You can find additional links in the show notes.

About the Unlabeled Leadership podcast

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Ranked 13 on Feedspot’s 2021 Leadership podcast list, Unlabeled Leadership is a volunteer-led service that shares stories about leadership.

Rather than using labels that mystify and obscure the meaning of leadership, Gary DePaul and guests share personal stories about the small and big acts that lead to substantial results. These acts can profoundly influence the performance of your peers, teams, organization, and even yourself.

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Gary A. DePaul, PhD (he/him/his)

Gary is a speaker, author, researcher, and leadership futurist.