Scott Drake

Tactical Friday: Be a Leader, Not an Expert with Scott Drake

“Do you want them engaged? Do you want them to feel good? Do you want them to know that their voice matters? Do you want them to really want to help you? And you don’t get that very often by just telling somebody what to do.” – Scott Drake

Welcome to this episode of Tactical Friday! In today’s episode, Scott Drake goes back to target the much-needed self-assessment leaders should consider on the way to evolve their methods. He emphasized the significance of determining the goals of leadership to find out the level of perspective and skillset required towards achievement.

[00:01 – 00:37] Opening Segment

  • If you have a platform and you want to create content that DELIVERS, go over to!
  • For the first part of my interview with Scott, tune in to last Monday’s episode 

[00:38 – 13:42] Scale-Up in Leadership through Awareness and Understanding

  • Self-assessment and mindset in the leadership scale
  • Understanding the goals of leadership is key. This way, people can perceive the skills needed.
  • The four ultimate goals of leadership
  • The way to learn leadership focuses on one or some of these four dimensions. This results in seemingly conflicting goals.
  • Determine the jobs to fill throughout the course of your career and the level of perspective needed to make those happen.
  • Emotion vs. intellect
  • Experts vs. leaders on understanding and connecting
  • Experts emphasize that their way is the best way while leaders understand subjectivity.
  • Perfection vs. situational quality
  • Understanding the situation changes relationships. Let others know that they are heard.
  • Working through others
  • This is applicable everywhere and should be done in a healthy manner.
  • It is not about telling others what to do. Be mindful of your methods.
  • Scott’s three-step process

[13:43 – 15:38] Closing Segment  

  • Connect with Scott (links below) 
  • Visit his website for a free assessment and connect with him on Linkedin!
  • Closing words 

Key Quote/s: 

“There were a lot of people who just didn’t understand the goals, right? And then if they understood the goals of leadership, again, they have the skills to do it. But what are the goals?” – Scott Drake

 “The awareness that these are the overall goals of leadership, and that they’re conflicting at times, helps leaders and helps leadership teams work better together and to be able to really accomplish those goals.” – Scott Drake

Drop the Ego and Let Them be the Hero with Scott Drake

“I think the X Factor is empathy, right? I think they have to be able to see the world from the perspective of their employees…You came up through the ranks being the hero in your own head, you got promoted, because you are the hero, you are the expert, right? But when you’re a leader, your team wants to be the hero of the story.” – Scott Drake

Welcome to another week of Tactical Leader! In today’s episode, Scott Drake talks about his painstaking journey involving huge monetary losses and a number of years before rising as an effective leader. He talks about how leaders should be mindful of the very essence of leadership, not as an avenue to protect one’s ego, but to let others be the hero of the story.

Scott Drake is a sought-after consultant and trainer who made every mistake when rising through the leadership ranks. After seeing emerging leaders on his teams repeating the same mistakes, he set out to find a simpler and faster way to grow leaders. When he couldn’t find a shortcut, he invented one.

[00:01 – 04:30] Opening Segment

  • If you have a platform and you want to create content that DELIVERS, go over to!
  • Get to know Scott Drake
  • College not representing what he learned
  • Leadership is not taught in institutions
  • The way to becoming an effective leader

[04:31 – 12:46] The Way to the Art of Leadership: Mishaps and Realizations

  • The art of leading
  • It is not only having an inspirational vision but also recognizing the help of others.
  • The importance of Emotional Quotient
  • Scott talks about his leadership journey
  • There is danger in losing patience when coaching. We think we know all the answers.
  • Not recognizing the mistakes until years later
  • Books as powerful resources
  • Get clear between what is essential and what is trivial.

[12:47 – 29:01] Recognizing What’s Broken: Fasttrack to Effective Leading

  • The foundations of leadership
  • Recognize what is broken to figure out the fix.
  • Making the same mistakes
  • Scope of the goals
  • Monitoring development
  • Check out the free version of his leadership training on his website!
  • The principles of authentic hiring
  • Considering these four aspects will allow great engagement and attract great employees.
  • Skills and aptitude required 
  • Extrinsic motivators
  • Asserting the core values
  • Intrinsic motivator
  • The X Factor of a leader
  • As a leader, let the team be the hero of the story. Do not let your ego get into you.
  • Be willing to adapt over time. Recognize changes and display empathy.
  • Behaving to protect your position
  • Learn how to play well with others. Understand that they want recognition also.
  • Crafting the motivators
  • Leadership for GenZers
  • Consider what your goals are and take responsibility for your growth. It is possible to build a network both in college and out of college.

[29:02 – 32:55] Closing Segment  

  • The legacy Scott wants to create:
  • Leadership can solve challenges in the world.
  • Connect with Scott (links below) 
  • Visit his website and check out his resources! 
  • Join us for Tactical Friday!


Key Quote/s: 

“The skill aspect of leadership is something that most people already have. What they don’t have is the right mindset.” – Scott Drake

“A huge common problem of most leaders, especially early on, is that we think we’re there because we have all the answers.” – Scott Drake


The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

Multipliers by Liz Wiseman

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

Connect with Scott

Visit his website at

About the Host: Zack Knight

Zack sits down with CEO’s and experts to share tactical knowledge of how to become a better leader and create a more effective, safe environment for your team. Zack offers consulting and podcast coaching and runs Knight Protection Services, LLC, a company that helps busy executives build a winning culture through safety and security.

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