ILA Podcast

Necessarily Different – Journal of Character and Leader Development

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders

with Doug Lindsay 


This quote will stick with me – “Who you are is how you lead.” It’s one of those phrases that says so much with very few words. Elegantly simple and powerful.  In this episode, Dr. Doug Lindsay and I discuss so many fun topics – Space Force, technology,  the intersectionalities of our work, and his role as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Character and Leader Development.

Quotes From This Episode

  • “Character is not a task, your character is endemic to who you are.”
  • “At the Journal of Character and Leader Development…we love to be necessarily different. Because while we’re based out of a military service Academy, the Air Force Academy, we don’t want to be relevant just to the military, just to the Air Force, we want to be able to contribute to the large community of leadership and character development. And so we’re necessarily different in the fact that we tend to focus more on the applied side of things, the ‘so what’ aspect.”
  • “We talk about leadership in the military like it’s something totally different than leadership in higher education. There are differences…but maybe 70 to 80% of effective leadership is cross-domain. Do you communicate? Do you take care of your people? How are you making decisions? Are you inclusive? Are you building diverse teams?”
  • “So that ‘who I am is how I lead’ is not just a thought process, it’s about what I do. And when our intent and our actions align, that’s where we start to get into those ideas of authenticity. Am I who I say I am? Am I showing up how I intend to show up at work?”

About Dr. Doug Lindsay

Dr. Doug Lindsay is an experienced leader, communicator, team builder, and coach with a demonstrated track record working in the military, higher education, and consultation in different domains. He is skilled in organizational development and change, leader and leadership development, building high-performance teams, executive coaching, and assessment. He currently works as the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Character and Leader Development at the Center of Character and Leadership Development (United States Air Force Academy). Doug conducts research in leadership, applied psychology, behavioral science, and experimental psychology.

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Host Scott J. Allen

Scott Allen

Scott J. Allen, Ph.D., is the Standard Products—Dr. James S. Reid Chair in Management at John Carroll University. He is an associate professor and teaches courses in leadership, management skills, and executive communication. He is also a communications coach, consultant, author, podcast host, and entrepreneur. For almost two decades, he’s worked with clients to improve their leadership and communication skills. Learn more about Scott here.

About Phronesis

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders offers a smart, fast-paced discussion on all things leadership. Scott and his expert guests cover timely, relevant topics and incorporate practical tips designed to help you make a difference in how you lead and live.