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Leaders Create a Virtuous Teaching Cycle Culture

Posted by Orrin Woodward on June 14, 2014

Although anyone can be a leader, it is important to understand that leadership is rare. While most people wait for something to happen, leaders make things happen. In fact, true leaders cannot stand to sit on the sidelines when the team’s game, business, or purpose is on the line.

Indeed, what makes leaders different is the unceasing desire to improve and then to share what they learned with others. This quality of all great leaders is called the Virtuous Teaching Cycle – learning, doing, and then teaching. In a word, the best way to determine the quality of the leader is to identify the quality of leaders he or she is building.

I am so proud of LIFE Leadership for so many reasons, including the level of leadership developing throughout the organization. Despite not chasing after leadership credentials (since true leadership isn’t based upon titles, but rather the size of the community following the leaders), LIFE has produced two NY Times bestselling authors and several other bestselling authors in its first few years.

LIFE is poised to explode onto the mainstream leadership stage by simply serving people rather than chasing credentials. Recently, for instance, Inc Magazine announced their Top 50 Leadership list, using a complicated formula to measure the real reach and influence of each leader. The Top 50 list includes many great leaders, but only one organization had two leaders place in the Top 50 – LIFE Leadership.

This represents what makes LIFE Leadership different. For LIFE believes the true measure of leadership greatness is how many great leaders one serves. How was this achieved? First, by the Grace of God and his continual blessings in our lives and second by building a Virtuous Teaching Cycle where anyone desiring to lead can learn from those already leading at the highest of levels.

I believe over the next decade that the Virtuous Teaching Cycle will catapult many more LIFE Leaders onto the world stage as we create a servant-based leadership dynasty? How? By improving ourselves daily and sharing what we learn with others.

Western Civilization is suffering from a leadership drought. It’s not going to be fixed by government credentialists more concerned with padding their pocketbooks and power contacts. Rather, it’s going to take leaders willing to serve people within society. LIFE Leadership is a group of men and women who refuse to keep waiting for something to happen. Instead, we are  going to make it happen. Will you help? 


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15 Responses to “Leaders Create a Virtuous Teaching Cycle Culture”

  1. Rick Satterstrom said

    I love the virtuous teaching cycle: learn, do, teach!! It sounds so simple yet it is so powerful. We loved the rest of the speech here in Wisconsin too. Serving others is the key.

  2. Chad Waters said

    Hi Orrin!

    Thanks for your servant leadership and supply everyone with a stage a principles to follow.

    God Bless

  3. Danny Kellenberger said

    Thank you Orrin! Congratulations to you and Chris on the top 50 list! I am so proud of what Life leadership is doing. It is a very simple process but not always easy. I am enjoying my time in the virtuous learning cycle and look forward to serving others and leading them into the cycle! Keep up the great work!

  4. Florio Mazares said

    There is so much to appreciate about being part of a learning organization! Thank you Orrin & Chris for leading the charge — it’s interesting to see the parallel of the virtuous teaching cycle & DLD which would create “Define-Learn-Do-Teach”

  5. CJ Calvert said

    Orrin, thank you for being the instigator of this virtuous learning cycle for us all! Count me in!

    • Orrin Woodward said

      CJ, The other day I had the opportunity to listen to your CD. I love your storytelling and you had me laughing out loud at a couple of different points. I am very proud of you for persisting through all the crazy ordeals to fulfill your destiny! 🙂 God Bless, Orrin

      • Elaine Mallios said

        I’ve got to tell you that that was one of the funniest, hitting home, craziest Cds I’ve ever heard. Thank you so much for your honesty and hilarious rendition of what we went through! Truly we were laughing hysterically. Cant wait to meet this guy.

  6. Maura Galliani said

    Helping … one of the many things I’ve learned in LIFE Leadership. I’m committed to the LIFE community and am looking forward to seeing you all in Columbus on Friday! 🙂

  7. Elaine Mallios said

    Yep getting it on Orrin. Have learned so much and changed so much with the wonderful teaching. I know where we have made mistakes and I know the process. Implementing all that and doing so as fast as I can. If it is to be, it is up to me!

  8. Jacob & Janee' Kazda said


    Thank you for the GREAT system of Life Leadership! Life Leadership is a leadership factory through understanding and implementing this “Virtuous Teaching Cycle”.

  9. Peggi Kern said

    Great blog!

  10. pappabiggs said


    Wow! Thank you for nailing what true leadership is and differentiating leaders developed in the LIFE Leadership Community. I forwarded your video clip to three well known Wichita,KS traditional business leaders, whom I’m fortunate to know. (2 of 3 have been on LLR for over 2yrs)

    Thanks again for such an encouraging article.


  11. Nola Garvin said

    I feel like I have been given a brand new start in my life because of LIFE! I just can’t say enough GREAT things about this business, and now I have even more great news to tell. Congratulations Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady on the top 50! That is AMAZING!

  12. Antonio Rosselli said

    Great first paragraph …

    I love to listen/read/see about leaders thinking/behaviors … It helps me see in my mind a model to model … After many years of plugging into the system i can finally say that i understand more about leaders/leadership … My backgrounds/training is as an employee …

    Employees are an important part of society … Same can be said about leaders …

    I expect in the future more posts about leaders/leadership … For the good of everyone …

    Great blog again …


  13. Tyler schlosser said

    What a great point Orrin!! I’m so glad I started plugging into this blog!!

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