01 – Welcome to the Dose of Leadership Podcast!

Hey everyone, my name is Richard Rierson and I want to welcome you to the first episode of The Dose of Leadership Podcast.  Every Tuesday and Thursday I will bring you an interview with today’s most relevant and motivating leaders; leaders that are dedicated to the pursuit of truth, common sense, and most importantly – courageous leadership.

Each podcast will highlight & showcase leaders from all aspects of life. Business leaders, entrepreneurs, authors, speakers, military heroes, faith based leaders –  all will be highlighted on the Dose of Leadership Podcast.

Here at DoseOfLeadership.com we believe that being a leader is not about holding a certain “position” or “title”. Instead Leadership is how we choose to live our lives; how we think, act, & carry ourselves. We believe that Leadership is a conscious choice and moral requirement; that we all have a leadership muscle we are obligated to exercise.

DoseOfLeadership.com & the Dose of Leadership Podcast exist to help all of us become the leaders we are called to be. Every podcast will include links & references to everything of importance discussed during the show.

A little more about me; I’m a husband, father of four daughters, public speaker, & entrepreneur.  For quite some time I’ve been wanting to create a resource for every day leaders like yourself. I’m passionate about leadership because I believe that it is central to every aspect of our lives.

We all have this innate sense that something is wrong today; that something is sorely needed. If you’re like me, you’re tired of all of the hypocrisy, bureaucracy, chaos, & confusion everywhere around us. From our personal lives, our families, our schools, our workplace, our government; there seems to be a huge vacuum of leadership.

All the challenges around us certainly demand solutions; but I believe that these solutions need to come from each one of us choosing to dedicate our lives to becoming more calmconfidentconsistent, & courageous. To accomplish this we need to adopt a leadership philosophy rooted in common sense.

I’ve had more than my fair share of leadership failures – both personally & professionally. Finding mentors and networking with quality leaders has always helped me deal with any regrets, insecurities, and faulty limiting beliefs.  I’ve created this podcast, to provide direct access to inspiring mentors & quality leaders; so we can all become the leaders we were meant to be.  I’m no different than you; I believe that we are all are on a leadership journey and I’m interested in building a community of like minded leaders so we can all better enrich our lives and fulfill our leadership obligation.

WuShockI’m a born and bred Wichita, Kansas native and graduated from Wichita State University with a BS in Computer Science in 1991.  Upon graduation I accepted a commission in the United States Marine Corps where I spent 10 years active duty primarly as a KC-130 pilot.

I’m currently a pilot for the Bombardier Flight Test Center in Wichita, Kansas. In the last five years with Bombardier, I’ve held various leadership positions as the Director of Project Engineering & Configuration Management and as Flight Test Team Manager for the Global Express flight deck upgrade.

Other previous positions include Vice President of Operations & Vice President of Brand Communication for Value Place Hotels; Director of New Product Development & Director of International Operations for The Hayes Company; and Boeing 727 Flight Engineer for American Airlines.

EGAI also served ten years active duty as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps and ten years part-time with the Kansas Air National Guard & Air Force Reserve.  I’ve accumulated over 3,500 flight hours as an Aircraft Commander in the Lockheed KC-130, Boeing KC-135, CRJ-200, and as a Military Instructor Pilot in the Cessna T-37.

I want to personally thank you for joining me here at DoseOfLeadership.com.  I truly hope that the episodes I produce, help you in your leadership journey.  If you find value in this podcast and the message we’re trying to spread at DoseOfLeadership.com, then sign-up below, and give my show a review and (hopefully!) 5 star rating. If you sign-up and join our community I will send you a free copy of my Common Sense Leadership Guide.

Thank you for your support; supporting and reviewing this podcast will allow this podcast to gain the recognition it needs to reach as many people as possible. In turn, we’ll be able to share this incredible free medium of priceless leadership knowledge and experience with the world.  Plus, I will make sure to give you a personalized thank you in an upcoming show.

My next episode is my inaugural interview with John Lee Dumas of EntrepreneurOnFire.com.  He is a former Army officer and Iraq War veteran who attributes those leadership experiences in helping him launch his own highly successful podcast where he interviews inspiring Entrepreneurs.  His podcast is one of the highest rated on iTunes with over 300,000 downloads in the last six-months.

Thanks for listening and being a part of this community and taking your required Dose!