When I first became a leader (or least when I finally realized I had four other people who reported to me), I knew I needed help. I went to the bookstore one Saturday afternoon and the first book I bought was from today’s guest.

Are Leaders Born or Made?

I remember reading that book, The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Makeover the next week and along with other books, made me into a much better leader.

I’m honored to introduce today’s guest, someone who I consider a virtual mentor and someone who recently has become a great friend, Hans Finzel.

About Hans

Dr. Hans Finzel is a successful author, speaker, teacher and leader.  He has a great legacy in leadership as he served as President and CEO of non-profit WorldVenture for twenty years. He and his wife Donna recently founded a new ministry, HDLeaders, devoted to training leaders around the globe.  Hans is chief leadership guru on the podcast, “The Leadership Answerman.”

Hans is the author of eight books, including his bestseller The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make, the first book I ever bought on leadership. His books have been translated into over twenty foreign language editions. He is a graduate of Columbia International University(BA), Dallas Seminary(ThM) and Fuller School of Intercultural Studies(DMiss).

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The Leadership Answerman Podcast

BOOK: The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make

FREE RESOURCE: 21 Questions Every Leader Should Ask


The measure of you as a leader is not what you do, but what others do because of what you do.

If we do what comes naturally, we will not be great leaders.

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Join me next week for Episode 44, 3 Things a Leader Should Never Do. I’ll share with you three things I’ve personally done (with great consequences) that no leader should ever do.


What’s the biggest mistake you’ve seen a leader make?

0 thoughts on “Episode 043: Hans Finzel – Are Leaders Born or Made? [PODCAST]

  1. Steve Pate says:

    This was one of my fav interviews so far! It was very rich in content!

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