Welcome to Episode 81 of Building My Legacy.

In this podcast, experienced leader, coach, and author Tom Connally talks about his experience with leadership. Tom’s 30 years in the Marine Corps taught him that leadership is an apprenticed vocation that requires you to keep learning and growing. As Tom explains, the best leaders “teach something every day, learn something every day” to continue to move forward, go that extra mile, and own the mission.

Tom contends that everyday leadership in peacetime is much more difficult than commanding a squadron facing the enemy. Without the threat of an immediate crisis, he believes, you will have difficulty ensuring all of your people know where the mission is going. Today, with many leaders managing employees remotely, that message is even more important because it’s so difficult to develop and maintain the relationships with your staff that are critical to achieving your company goals and ultimate success.

So if you want to know:

  • Why leaders always need to be apprentices
  • What you can learn from identifying the life cycle and culture of each organization you work for
  • Your true purpose as a leader
  • Why leadership is in the questions you ask
  • The importance of being the leader your organization needs


About Tom Connally

With parents who served in World War II, Tom Connally learned about leadership at an early age, following his father’s instruction to do well in “school, scouts, sports, and church.” He followed his brothers into the Naval Academy and the Marine Corps, retiring after 30 years of service. Tom then worked as a director for two defense companies for five years before founding Connally Consulting to help leaders and organizations improve their performance and success. Tom is a master at using a deliberate planning process to organize, coordinate, and drive disparate teams toward a common goal with outstanding results.


Tom’s daughter continues the family military legacy and is serving in the Navy today. As a gift to her, Tom wrote Becoming a Leader: A Road Map for My Daughter and the Aspiring Leader.” Although Tom believes that no book alone, including his, will make you an expert leader, this book explores the concept of leadership as a process best learned in apprenticeship to a master – because the best leaders inspire their people to achieve.

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About Lois Sonstegard, PhD

Working with business leaders for more than 30 years, Lois has learned that successful leaders have a passion to leave a meaningful legacy.  Leaders often ask: When does one begin to think about legacy?  Is there a “best” approach?  Is there a process or steps one should follow?

Lois is dedicated not only to developing leaders but to helping them build a meaningful legacy. Learn more about how Lois can help your organization with Leadership Consulting and Executive Coaching:

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Mike Saunders, MBA

Mike Saunders is theAuthority Positioning Coach at Marketing Huddle, the author of Amazon Bestselling book Authority Selling™, Adjunct Marketing Professor at several Universities, contributor to The Huffington Post, and member of the Forbes Coaches Council – an invitation-only community for the World’s Most Influential Business Coaches.

Lois Sonstegard, PhD

Working with business leaders for more than 30 years, Lois has learned the passion successful leaders have to leave a meaningful legacy. Lois is dedicated not only to developing leaders but to help them build a meaningful legacy.