Leadership Lessons from Obama and Other US Presidents

Anton Gunn

A former senior advisor to US President Barack Obama, Anton Gunn is Chief Executive Officer of the 937 Strategy Group – a minority-owned management consultant and professional services firm based in the US that helps organisations build cultures that empower high-performing teams and leaders in the workplace.   

Anton speaks regularly at events and conferences, sharing insights on the development of leadership skills, the impact of meaningful engagement in work environments, as well as healthcare policy – having been involved with Obama’s Affordable Care Act. 

He is the author of three books, ‘The Audacity of Leadership: 10 Essentials to Becoming a Transformative Leader in the 21st Century’, ‘Raising C.A.I.N.: Four Keys to Increase Your Impact as a Leader’, and ‘The Presidential Principles: How to Inspire Action and Create Lasting Impact’, which considers interactions with five different US Presidents while helping readers to develop their own effective leadership practices.

Anton is a leading authority on Socially Conscious Leadership, and is someone that we’ve wanted to speak to on the 1% podcast for some time now.


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02:33 Anton’s background

06:10 How 9/11 continues to shape our world

09:57 On rap music’s messages

15:32 Anton’s inclination to act, as opposed to hoping things will change and improve

22:02 Why Anton decided to step towards public representation

27:20 The key leadership traits of Barack Obama that struck Anton as he got to know and worked with the former president

38:38 On USA being a divided nation

43:59 The importance of giving feedback

47:55 Examples of exceptional and effective leadership

53:41 Authenticity in leadership

59:01 The SICK Leadership framework

1:03:03 Anton’s key advice on becoming a better leader

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