Podcast Episode 54 – Critical Qualities of Successful Leaders – Scott McCarthy (Moving Forward Leadership)

Scott McCarthy Moving Forward Leadership

Episode 54 – My guest on the podcast today is Scott McCarthy.  He’s a Canadian Army Officer and the Founder of Moving Forward Leadership.  As a logistics officer, he knows how to take a large group of people and leave them to accomplish a highly complex mission.  I think you’re going to get a lot out of our conversation today.  We’re talking about critical qualities and actions that successful leaders can take.  He’s incredibly good at taking leadership concepts from the military and translating them to the civilian world, including healthcare.  You’re not going to want to miss this.


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Meet Scott McCarthy, founder of Moving Forward Leadership!

Scott McCarthy Moving Forward Leadership

Scott McCarthy’s leadership journey started when he was young and had the drive to take control of everything that needed to be planned.  Transferring these skills to the Canadian Army, Scott enrolled as a logistics officer in 2001 when he was selected to attend the prestigious Royal Military College of Canada.

At the age of 24, Scott commanded an Army transport platoon comprising over 80 soldiers. At 33, he was selected to command a Logistics Squadron of 200 members. However, his experience goes beyond commanding. In 2009, Scott deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan where he was selected to help train, mentor, and coach members of the Afghan National Army.

Scott believes that everyone needs leadership skills. As a leader, he believes that delegation is a force multiplier, that teamwork is the centerpiece of all organizations, and that leaders have an obligation to leave a legacy which outlasts them.


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Show times

  • 00:00 – Introduction to the episode
  • 01:21 – Subscribe to the podcast, and please share it with someone!  
  • 01:40 – This week’s sponsor is Contract Diagnostics.
  • 02:47 – Introduction to Scott McCarthy.
  • 03:25 – Let’s meet Scott McCarthy, founder of Moving Forward Leadership!
  • 04:03 – Scott McCarthy is a Canadian Army officer.  Being in the military is one of the big things that got him interested in leadership.  That eventually led him to found Moving Forward Leadership.
  • 07:13 – Dr. Lacey and Scott McCarthy share some leadership experiences.
  • 08:57 – Moving Forward Leadership recommends that we “lead” not “boss.”
  • 12:08 – Are leaders made, or are leaders born?  According to Scott McCarthy, leadership can be learned!  
  • 15:58 – What are some books that Scott McCarthy would recommend for would-be leaders?  
  • 20:34 – One of the best ways to show you are ready for leadership is to look for ways to “lighten your boss’s load.”  That’s Moving Forward Leadership!
  • 21:13 – Don’t be the smartest person in the room, says Scott McCarthy.  Be the person who multiplies the genius of others.
  • 23:43 – Have the humility to recognize where others are stronger than you and learn from them!
  • 25:58 – What are the critical qualities of a leader?
  • 29:47 – Constant learning is critical to your success as a leader.  You can be better than everyone by just outworking everyone else.  That constant learning is a key part of Moving Forward Leadership.
  • 32:39 – How do we recognize “toxic leadership” and what do we do about it?
  • 36:18 – We need to recognize our own blindspots, and it’s important for people to feel comfortable telling us about those issues.
  • 37:58 – What if you have a “toxic subordinate”?
  • 39:13 – Scott shares his two big rules of leadership.
  • 41:59 – Face time buys you credibility.  
  • 42:53 – How does influence translate to leadership?  That’s another key feature of Moving Forward Leadership, says Scott McCarthy.
  • 45:39 – Connect to Scott McCarthy and listen to the Moving Forward Leadership podcast.
  • 47:48 – Summary of the episode
  • 48:46- This week’s free resource is a guide called “The Scope of Practice Reading List.”
  • 49:54 – Signing off!

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Chad Beste BDO Healthcare

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