CEO Larry Janesky on Leadership, Putting Employees Before Clients, and Breaking Free From the Media

leadership wisdom from CEO Larry Janesky

I had the honor and pleasure of interviewing Larry Janesky, founder and CEO of Contractor Nation. He started from scratch with nothing and built a successful business that makes hundreds of millions of dollars each year. He’s also the head of the “School of Entrepreneurship”, a live and online program that helps business owners and contractors to enhance their leadership abilities, grow their businesses, reduce their stress, and get to where they want to be.

I’ve attended many of Larry’s leadership training seminars and I can tell you first-hand he’s top-notch and the real deal. He talks about the importance of putting employees before clients, and how leadership is bringing out the best in other people while accomplishing the goals of the organization. If there’s one YouTube video you want to watch in 2018 to improve your leadership and reach the next level of success, this is the one. The insights in this video will significantly increase the positive impact you make on yourself and others. Check it out!

01:18 Lead yourself first

02:27 Leadership is bringing out the best in other people while accomplishing the goals of the organization (remarkably similar to Kevin Kruse's definition of leadership)

05:15 Put your employees first

06:55 Be upfront with clients

07:58 From the internal comes the external

09:08 Leadership happens whether you have a title or not

09:28 Look inward

11:08 Change the story you tell yourself

12:13 Reshape and reframe your setbacks, mistakes, and failures

13:06 The media is a business out to make money

14:12 We are addicted to negativity and danger, and the media exploits that

14:44 Paying attention to the negative will hurt you

15:14 You can only control yourself. Get the news out of your life

15:58 Do something that takes you toward your major goal in life

17:26 Everyone has an agenda and they all want your attention

18:10 Don’t follow the habits of the crowd

Jeff Davis is the author of The Power of Authentic Leadership. This post first appeared on on March 13th, 2018.

Jeff Davis
Jeff Davis is a professional speaker and the author of several books. He has done keynote speeches internationally and is a sought-after expert on self-leadership, anti-bullying, and overcoming adversity. Jeff frequently speaks to high schools, colleges, nonprofits, organizations, associations, conferences, and businesses. He’s been to five different continents and has a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. He also did a well-received TEDx talk in New York City.