Lead Sell Grow - The Human Experience

The World Needs More Servant Leaders - with Oakland McCulloch

Episode Summary

One of the three pillars of the Human Experience is to lead, and today’s guest is an outstanding example of what true leadership embodies. Oakland McCulloch spent 23 years in the Army and held numerous leadership positions in the Infantry and Armor branches. He assisted in disaster relief operations for Hurricane Hugo in Charleston, SC and Hurricane Andrew in South Florida. He has also held instructor positions at the US Army Ordnance School, the US Army Command and General Staff College, the Australian Command and Staff College, University of South Alabama and Stetson University. During his most recent position in the Army, he spent 3 years as the Professor of Military Science at the University of South Alabama where he led the training and commissioning of Lieutenants and tripled the size of the program. Oakland retired from the Army in September 2009 and joined the staff at the Bay Area Food Bank as the Associate Director. He left the food bank in December 2010 to become the Senior Military Science Instructor and recruiter for the Army ROTC program at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. In October 2013, he became the Recruiting Operations Officer for the Eagle Battalion Army ROTC program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he has more than doubled the size of the program. In 2019, Cadet Command selected LTC McCulloch as the top recruiting officer, out of 274 others. He received thirty-one military service awards including the Bronze Star, eight Meritorious Service Medals, and the Humanitarian Service Medal. In today’s episode of Lead, Sell, Grow: The Human Experience, Oakland shares his experience in the army and the many lessons he learned about true leadership along the way. While many might think that being a leader just means telling others what to do, Oakland emphasizes that leadership is about people and that being a servant leader is what it is all about. People need to know that you have their best interest in mind in order for you to be able to lead them, otherwise you will end up with people that might get work done for you, but passion and motivation are the key pieces that are lacking. Tune in to hear all about Oakland’s insight on how you can be a truly effective leader that people want to follow.

Episode Notes

One of the three pillars of the Human Experience is to lead, and today’s guest is an outstanding example of what true leadership embodies. Oakland McCullooch spent 23 years in the Army and held numerous leadership positions in the Infantry and Armor branches. He assisted in disaster relief operations for Hurricane Hugo in Charleston, SC and Hurricane Andrew in South Florida. He has also held instructor positions at the US Army Ordnance School, the US Army Command and General Staff College, the Australian Command and Staff College, University of South Alabama and Stetson University. During his most recent position in the Army, he spent 3 years as the Professor of Military Science at the University of South Alabama where he led the training and commissioning of Lieutenants and tripled the size of the program.

Oakland retired from the Army in September 2009 and joined the staff at the Bay Area Food Bank as the Associate Director. He left the food bank in December 2010 to become the Senior Military Science Instructor and recruiter for the Army ROTC program at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. In October 2013, he became the Recruiting Operations Officer for the Eagle Battalion Army ROTC program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he has more than doubled the size of the program. In 2019, Cadet Command selected LTC McCulloch as the top recruiting officer, out of 274 others. He received thirty-one military service awards including the Bronze Star, eight Meritorious Service Medals, and the Humanitarian Service Medal.

In today’s episode of Lead, Sell, Grow: The Human Experience, Oakland shares his experience in the army and the many lessons he learned about true leadership along the way. While many might think that being a leader just means telling others what to do, Oakland emphasizes that leadership is about people and that being a servant leader is what it is all about. People need to know that you have their best interest in mind in order for you to be able to lead them, otherwise you will end up with people that might get work done for you, but passion and motivation are the key pieces that are lacking. Tune in to hear all about Oakland’s insight on how you can be a truly effective leader that people want to follow.

Key highlights:

● Oakland’s background in the army leading up to his retirement in 2009

● Oakland’s reasons for being passionate about leadership

● Lessons Oakland learned from being an army officer

● Leadership is leadership- it doesn't matter where you practice it

● People need to know that you have their best interest in mind to be able to lead them

● Leadership is all about people and all about trust, if you lose trust or respect, people won’t work very hard for you

● The power of showing people you care about them

● It is a privilege to being able to lead people- it's not about the title and more pay

● Servant leadership is key

● Leaders make a difference in people’s lives

● What can people do to improve their leadership skills?

● What do good leaders do?

● You need to be good at motivating people by finding a sense of purpose in their lives, a paycheck isn’t enough motivation

● How to get motivated in your leadership position

● Why all leaders need a “Napoleon’s corporal”

● Why he wrote a book and what opportunities it led to

● Our country is in need of good leadership

Episode resources

● Get Oakland’s book: Your Leadership Legacy

Quote from the episode:

“It’s mission first, people always.”

Connect with Oakland: 

Website: www.ltcoakmcculloch.com

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Instagram @ltcoakmcculloch

Twitter @LtcOakland

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