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'Leading the Way' Podcast: Dale Petroskey, Former CEO, National Baseball Hall of Fame

One of the great characteristics of leadership is the ability to use the power of stories to develop others. Dale Petroskey, who currently serves as the President/CEO of the Dallas Regional Chamber, demonstrates this by sharing inspiring stories of his journey as a leader. Dales shares how Dallas, the most appealing city in the nation for enticing corporate headquarters, attracts and cultivates talent by developing education-driven communities while delivering a satisfying economy for their enterprise.  

Dale knocks it out of the park when he shares the most impactful leadership traits he learned from working with President Ronald Reagan during his time as the Assistant White House Press Secretary. As the former CEO of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Dale tells us about his authentic experience as a first-time CEO, the learning curves that come with the position and the strategies he used to successfully overcome them. We talk about culture, specifically of his experience as a Senior Vice President Mission Programs of National Geographic, and how this major learning environment of exploration and adventure shifted his worldview to better prepare him for leadership. Diversity, strategy, culture and philanthropy are some of the topics on what make this podcast a grand slam.  

Key Soundbites  

  • On mentorship – “I could never know at 22 or 23 how to be a professional if I had not been taught how to be professional. There are truisms in business. I believe everyone needs to be mentored. We have the responsibility to teach good work ethics and not just say anything goes.”  
  • On diversity – “More diversity makes for a better organization. More voices from different backgrounds and perspectives always makes for a better organization.”  
  • Advice to next generation – “First, work really hard every day. Second, be really nice to everybody; you don’t know the opportunities that you’re creating for yourself. Next, work when no one is watching and finally, work as if everyone is watching.”  
  • On transparency – “I think transparency is everything because people need to trust you. If they believe there’s something going on behind closed doors that’s nefarious or doesn’t help them or maybe hurts them, then they’re going to be very suspicious. But if you want a happy team, make sure you are treating them with dignity and respect and being fair with everybody.”  

About Leading the Way  

Leading the Way is a weekly radio show and podcast series that highlights influential business leaders and leading people practices from i4cp. Co-hosted by Emmy award-winning television anchor and radio host, Scott Murray, and i4cp’s Angel Carlton, the show features interviews with respected business leaders from the world of business, sports, entertainment, healthcare and philanthropy.  

The show airs live every Sunday at 4 pm CT on KLIF 570 in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, the global audience is invited to listen live on www.klif.com  and the weekly podcast debuts on iTunes or Google Play and the i4cp website the following week.