The Four Star Leadership Podcast: Core Principles of Leadership with General Tommy Franks
By D'Lese Travis
Hello, this is General Tommy Franks and welcome to Four Star Leadership Podcast, a product of the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum. We’re here to get a view into the lives of the legacy makers, movers, and shakers of today, as well discuss grassroots concepts and ideas to offer insights from the full spectrum of the leadership community. We’ll talk with nationally recognized leaders to explore their leadership development path, find out what they are about today, and learn from the opportunities they’ve made for themselves in this world. It's time to lead together!
Season 2, Episode 22 - Insights to the Importance of Selfless Service in Developing and Leading a Team with Dr. James Carafano
Season 2, Episode 22 - Insights to the Importance of Selfless Service in Developing and Leading a Team with Dr. James Carafano In this episode, Dr. James Carafano shares how being an effective leader requires that you never compromise the most important things: God, country, community and your stakeholders. The idea of selfless service is always to put yourself last, earning the respect and honor of your team because they understand that you're trying to do the right thing for the right reasons. In doing this, you are being true to what really matters, fulfilling the commitment to your mission and job. The notion of selfless service is a requirement for leadership or getting people together to accomplish difficult things. About Our Guest: Dr. James Jay Carafano currently serves as The Heritage Foundation’s Vice President, Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy. He is a leading expert in national security and foreign policy challenges, an accomplished historian and teacher and a prolific writer and researcher. Carafano is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point and served 25 years in the US Army, retiring as a Lt. Colonel. He holds a master's degree and a doctorate from Georgetown University as well as a master's degree in strategy from the U.S. Army War College. His recent research has focused on developing the national security required to secure the long-term interests of the United States — protecting the public, providing for economic growth and preserving civil liberties.
November 25, 2022
Episode 21 David "Tre" Edgerton, Inspiration to achieve your goals with a Four Star Alumnus
2018 Four Star Alumnus and Four Star Speech and Star Leadership Scholarship winner David "Tre" Edgerton III offers inspiration to students and adult listeners: “Never quit”
October 28, 2022
Riley Juenemann Insights and Advice from a Four Star Alumna
2016 Four Star alumna Riley Juenemann shares her experiences since Four Star, the take-aways, her top 3 pieces of advice: how to connect life experiences, share your why and how to use these experiences going forward.
September 30, 2022
Martin Edelman. The importance of relationships.
In this episode, Martin Edelman, longtime friend of General Franks, and hugely successful New York Lawyer specializing in International Real Estate, offers insights on the importance of family, and building relationships both personally and professionally, crossing cultures and borders as recounted in his personal journey.
August 26, 2022
Jack Jacobs on Community and Leadership
In this episode, we learn about Jack’s childhood and sense of community that formed his character and the trajectory of his life.
July 29, 2022
Emotional Intelligence and the Core Principals of Leadership. How communication is created through the exchange of energy using wild horses as indicators.
This podcast interview features Byron Hogan an emotional intelligence coach and animal behaviorist. "Emotional Intelligence is the number one factor in personal and professional success. It keeps us connected in our disconnected world. It is the ability to read other people's emotions while note being ruled by our own." Byron grew up riding and training horses. His interest in wild horses and self-improvement began when he was asked to develop programs for veterans and troubled youth. He quickly realized the missing link horses provide which is discovered through his workshops. Hogan offers professional development workshops, including teacher in-service training, corporate teams, private family events and at risk groups.
June 24, 2022
U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn "Give Back More Than You Take"
U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn shares how the community values she grew up with in rural Mississippi of "Give Back More Than You Take" shaped her future. We share her journey to the U.S. Senate, fulfilling all core principals of Leadership; Caring, Communication, Common Vision and Character.
May 27, 2022
TW Shannon on Focus, Determination and Accomplishments
TW Shannon discusses building trust through consistency and time and championing common sense solutions for community issues. Shannon urges students and listeners alike to lean into their own authenticity as relationships are the currency of life.
April 29, 2022
Think BIGGER With Bill White Chairman & CEO of Constellations Group
Think BIGGER With Bill White Chairman & CEO of Constellations Group ATL-NY-DC, Bill White, talks about the networking opportunities afforded to him as a result of growing up in his family business and how those relationships catapulted his career to a national level by a prompt to “think bigger
April 26, 2022
Incorporating the Four Core Principles of Leadership Into Your Leadership Style
Former Atty General for Oklahoma and current “Flashpoint with Turpen & Lamb.” television show host, community servant enthusiast, Mike Turpen, shares his thoughts on all 4 of the Individual Core Principals of Leadership, Caring, Communication, Common Vision and Character and the importance of incorporating all four into your leadership style.
February 25, 2022
Goal Setting. A conversation with three Four Star Alumni.
We discuss the critical why, getting clear on your goal, thought process, motivation, planning and tracking required to lay down the years blueprint for success with three Four Star Alumni. 2016 Alumni Jesse Wren – Senior at Truman State University, Kirksville, MO. Field of Study: Interdisciplinary Education, beginning his Masters Program & Capstone Research with aspirations to teach abroad and obtain his PHD in Educational Leadership. 2018 Alumni Bruny Alonso Orama - Senior at Swarthmore College in Philadelphia, PA, majoring in Political Science and Psychology. Completing Senior Thesis in Political Reform, with plans to teach in Armenia. Bruny is managing in her own nonprofit: Project Global Story 2020 Cross Fuller – Freshman at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, majoring in Journalism and Broadcasting. Cross started his own podcast: Crosswalk, focusing on Leadership for young adults, personal development, motivation and mentorship.
January 28, 2022
John Lynch, General Manager of the 49ers on Mental Toughness
John Lynch, General Manager of the 49ers shares the foundation of his youth, the advantages of being a former NFL player as a General Manager, his respect for General Franks, the importance of Mental Toughness, and the fulfillment of giving back.
December 30, 2021
Experiences and Valuable Insights for Future Leaders with Jim Wilkinson
Jim Wilkinson shares his experiences and valuable insights on the past year, what makes great leaders and statesmen, and thoughts on the future of leadership.
November 26, 2021
Servant Leadership Through Caring & Common Vision with Chris Sullivan
Servant Leadership Through Caring & Common Vision with Chris Sullivan As a founder and former Chairman & CEO of Outback Steakhouse, Inc. and successful restaurant and hospitality entrepreneur associated with many well-known brands, Chris Sullivan shares how a caring mentor made a difference in his life and his future successes. Sullivan practices servant leadership, from fundraising for the Flight 93 Memorial to providing Outback Bloomin’ Onions and Steaks for soldiers in Afghanistan, and shares his experiences and leadership advice in this episode.
October 28, 2021
Integrity Attitude & Character with Dr. Jerry C. Davis
As President of College of the Ozarks, Jerry C. Davis’ tenure is among the longest in the United States. He is the author of a dozen books and has led the College in emphasizing its goal of Patriotic Education. He has received many awards and honors for his significant and lasting impact on the field of institutional advancement. The success of this working College led the New York Times to nickname it “Hard Work U”. In this podcast, Dr. Davis will share his thoughts on Integrity, Attitude and Character.
September 23, 2021
Episode 7 Imaculee Ilibagiza Faith Hope & Forgiveness
Faith, Hope and Forgiveness. Immaculee Ilibagiza, Rwandan genocide survivor, motivational speaker and author, shares her experience in her book; Left To Tell, discovering God amidst the Rwandan Holocaust.
August 27, 2021
How Preparation, Authenticity, and Listening Helps Me Lead with Brian Kilmeade
Brian Kilmeade joins us to cover how being prepared, being authentic, and listening to learn allows him to continually grow as a leader, and stay at the top of his game on a national stage.
July 30, 2021
Always Trying To Make A Difference, A Life Well Lived with Harry Rhoads
Co-Founder of the Washington Speaker Bureau Harry Rhoads joins us to talk about his life experiences and how showing others you care, fostering trust, and showing that you are committed to excellence can allow other leaders to be a “force multiplier” in everything they do.
June 25, 2021
Victory in High Risk Opportunities with Gary Harrell
(Ret.) Major General Gary Harrell talks with us about his leadership experiences in high risk situations where supporting the person next to you is the most important key to victory.
May 28, 2021
What I Learned About Decision Making from Seven Years at the White House with Karl Rove
Karl joins us to discuss how aligning authority and responsibility, creating an environment where people can speak plainly, having a process, and practicing humility allows all great leaders and teams make the best decisions possible.
April 30, 2021
Leadership Principles for Today and Tomorrow That I Learned Yesterday with Todd Lamb
Former Lt. Governor of Oklahoma Todd Lamb joins us to talk about how learning the importance of putting family first, planning, understanding surrender, attending the herds, being humble, saying yes, and being an encourager can help us all become a better leader today and tomorrow.
March 26, 2021
Standing on Patriotism with Neal McCoy
Country music legend Neal McCoy joins us to talk about how implementing Caring, Consistency, Loyalty, and Respect will not only allow you to continually Stand on Patriotism, but also become a more effective leader. Neal tells us some behind the scenes stories about why Standing on Patriotism is so important to him, how these experiences relate to leadership, and how General Tommy Franks has inspired him to continue this good work. As General Franks always says, "Ain't this a great country".
February 26, 2021
Introducing the Core Principles of Leadership with General Tommy Franks Podcast
Listen for compelling stories from nationally-recognized leaders offering advice and experiences to help future leaders carve their own path to success. Get an introduction to the Season 1 Trailer for an introduction to General Tommy Franks 4C’s of leadership: Character, Common Vision, Communication and Caring with D’Lese Travis, executive director of the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum, and host, Jace Zacharias.
January 29, 2021