About this Episode
In this episode, Jaden speaks with Alden Mills, CXO Advisor, Speaker, Founder, and Investor. Alden discusses his journey to becoming a leader and how he uses his mentality of being unstoppable to inspire more leaders.
Throughout Alden’s life, he has always been a leader. Whether as a team captain in rowing, a Navy SEAL platoon leader, or a philanthropy chair, this has been constant. He’s experienced the trials of being a leader and learned what’s necessary to become unstoppable in the community and workplace.
Alden emphasizes the importance of struggling as a leader. Being a leader inherently means that you struggle occasionally. However, it also means learning from mistakes and making sure similar ones don’t reoccur. Having an unstoppable mentality means working through missteps and realizing power as a leader lies in being present with everyone.
Another important facet Alden discusses is how to create meaningful relationships. There are two main steps Alden follows to build the most positive relationships he can. The first is to be deeply curious, followed by learning how to specifically communicate and connect with that individual. To do this, Alden recommends suspending judgment of others and being a good listener. Although you cannot control others’ opinions, you should always present yourself in the best manner to show you’re an unstoppable leader.
Now inspiring others through speeches and books, Alden influences change in the workplace by teaching the 3 levels of leadership. The first concerns being yourself and how you present to others, and the second with how workers act and lead. The third level is the community culture that arises as a result of the prior two levels. Alden leverages this framework and emulates these facets of leadership to become unstoppable. He joins us now to share his journey of leadership and to inspire future unstoppable leaders.
More About Our Guest:
Alden Mills—author including UNSTOPPABLE TEAMS—is a high-energy, humble, and charismatic leader with a track record of superior performance.
As an Olympic Festival rower, he went on to become a standout at the US Naval Academy, then a Navy SEAL platoon commander (three times), then an entrepreneur. He founded and grew Perfect Fitness from zero to $63m in sales, becoming the fastest-growing consumer company in America (per INC. Magazine, 2009). Alden then continued to lead the Perfect Fitness team and grow the company even further after its acquisition by the private equity firm, Implus. Alden has created over 40 patents in the consumer sector.
Between his time in the military and in business, Alden has accrued over 25 years of experience working on high-performance leadership, company strategy, growth, and team-building.
His experience and vibrant storytelling skills make him a sought-after speaker around the world.
Alden is the acclaimed author of BE UNSTOPPABLE: The Eight Essential Actions to Succeed at Anything and UNSTOPPABLE TEAMS: The Four Essential Actions of High-Performance Leadership (HarperCollins, March 2019) and Founder of BeUnstoppable.com.