Leadership & Communication Lessons with Dave Sanderson

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On this episode of Rhodes to Success, I interview Dave Sanderson, who is an inspirational survivor, author, and nationally sought out speaker. When US Airways Flight 1549, or ‘The Miracle on the Hudson,’ ditched into the Hudson River in January 2009, Dave Sanderson knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be; the last passenger off the back of the plane on that fateful day. He was largely responsible for the wellbeing and safety of others. During the show, Dave and I discuss leadership and communication.


Main Questions Asked:

  • Who was Dave Sanderson before The Miracle on the Hudson?
  • Share about how you connected with Tony Robbins.
  • What did you like about sales?
  • How has your view of leadership changed since the day when you were the last person off the plane?
  • How did you build this new business for yourself?
  • What are some of your communication tips?
  • Talk about how you help people and your upcoming webinar.


Key Lessons Learned:

  • Put yourself around a peer group of people you want to be like, and it will elevate you and raise your standards.
  • Immediate gratification is a pipe dream. You have to put the time in to get your outcome.
  • The most successful people are those who started with nothing and had to grow.



  • When you are in a crisis situation, you realize that the people who you didn’t think were leaders all of a sudden are those who step up.
  • People who step up and focus on the outcome are the ones that become leaders.
  • Leadership is about people taking direction and/or giving action so people can survive or thrive.
  • When leaders stand up, they give certainty and direction.
  • When leadership steps up, you have to use skills you’ve learned, employ them, and give direction.
  • The people with the most uncertainty will go to the people with the most certainty in any situation.


Building A New Business

  • First it was about the story, and then it translated into the lessons from that day.
  • Dave started speaking for free at churches and started working his way up. He has now spoken more than 650 times.


Communication Tips

  • Sensory accuracy is being able to use all the different modalities you have including auditory, kinesthetic, visual, and factory.
  • It is important to understand your own communication as well as how someone communicates back to you.
  • Everyone has a story that will impact someone else’s life.
  • To the right person, you are exactly what they need to hear.


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The music in today’s episode was written by The Danger Os and produced by Nick Palmer. Check them out at https://www.facebook.com/thedangerosmakemusic 


Links to Resources Mentioned

Dave Sanderson

Webinar Link


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