Culture Breeds Excellence with Kevin DeShazo

Teams reflect the nature of their leaders. If a leader lacks confidence, determination and direction, so will their team. That’s why it’s critical to develop your leadership skills if you want to help bring yourself and those around you up to the next level. This week, we hear from author, speaker, and consultant Kevin DeShazo on the power of leadership and how good managers guide their teams to the future, while poor ones fall behind.

Before you can ask others to trust you, you have to trust in yourself. After all, DeShazo says, you can’t give what you don’t have. Building trust with others often is as simple as having an open and honest conversation with them. Showing people that you see them and hear them goes a long way. Good communication can be a gamechanger, especially for people who have felt that lacking, either personally or professionally.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Respect the power of social media
  • Grow healthy leaders for healthy teams
  • Have open conversations about mental health
  • Initiate conversations to build trust
  • Cultivate psychological safety with your team


“Your job isn’t to please anyone or prove yourself to anyone. You’re going to ultimately be unhappy whether you win or lose if that’s what you’re worried about. You have to be secure in who you are.” -Kevin DeShazo

“Act like you belong. You’re in that room for a reason.” -Kevin DeShazo

“If you walk in with doubt, everyone’s going to read that the second you walk in the room, the second you try to communicate, and you’re done. If we don’t see confidence in a leader, we’re out.” -Kevin DeShazo

“If you think about the best leaders that you’ve ever had in your life, yes, they were good at what they did. They were a winning coach. They were a successful business person. But you consider them the best leader that you played for, worked for, worked with because you knew they cared about you. That’s what flips us to actually follow people.” -Kevin DeShazo

“You can’t give what you don’t possess.” -Kevin DeShazo


You can follow Kevin DeShazo on Instagram and Twitter @kevindeshazo and @culturewins. Also, check out his book, Leadership Interrupted: Daily Inspiration to Become the Leader You Were Meant to Be, wherever you get your books.

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