Clint Rusch

The Universal Language of Leadership: Insights from Across Industries


Hello, I’m Doug Thorpe, the voice behind the “Leadership Powered by Common Sense” podcast. In my latest episode, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Clint Rusch, a seasoned leader with a wealth of experience spanning multiple industries. Our conversation was a deep dive into the transferability of leadership skills and the critical importance of authenticity when guiding a new team.

The Journey of a Cross-Industry Leader

Clint Rusch’s journey is nothing short of remarkable. With a career that has touched the military, transportation, finance, pharmaceuticals, management consulting, and healthcare, Clint has demonstrated that true leadership principles hold firm regardless of the sector. His insights are a testament to the adaptability and universality of effective leadership.

The Core of Leadership Challenges

During our discussion, Clint and I explored the common thread that connects leaders across different landscapes: the challenges they face. We agreed that self-reflection and authenticity are not just buzzwords but essential components of a leader’s toolkit. Setting high expectations and being transparent about performance evaluations are practices that foster trust and open communication within any team.

A Unique Approach to Transparency

One of the most intriguing takeaways from our conversation was Clint’s practice of creating a personal user manual. This innovative approach involves crafting a document that outlines his values, beliefs, and expectations, which he then shares with his team. The result? A catalyst for meaningful dialogue that enhances both the cultural and operational dynamics of an organization.

Conclusion: The Significance of Authentic Leadership

Our dialogue circled back to one central theme: the significance of authentic leadership in driving organizational success. As leaders, we must recognize the power of our authenticity and the impact it has on our teams and the broader organization.

In closing, I invite you to reflect on your leadership journey. Consider how you can apply the universal principles we’ve discussed, regardless of your industry. And perhaps, take a page out of Clint’s book and think about how you can introduce your authentic self to your team in a way that fosters connection and growth.

I hope this blog post encapsulates the essence of our enlightening conversation and inspires you to embrace the universal language of leadership. Remember, no matter where you lead, common sense and authenticity are your most reliable guides.

Clint Rusch – I’m invigorated every day by the opportunity to help my team achieve breakthrough success, to help my people become more than they ever thought they could, and to transform organizational process, culture, and leadership in the relentless pursuit of client, stakeholder, and community excellence.


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