Who is David MacLean?

David MacLean is the man behind Wholehearted Leaders. He is an insightful thinker, creative communicator and engaging storyteller who connects with people by speaking to and from the heart. Drawing on his experiences as an entrepreneur, husband, father, philanthropist and world traveler, David’s intention is to inspire, encourage, equip, and engage you to lead and live on purpose to create a lasting legacy.


David’s life experiences enable him to speak to your group on the topics of leadership, marketing and social consciousness. In regard to leadership, David’s primary area of focus is personal leadership – the most difficult person you will ever lead is yourself. How you lead yourself impacts every area of your professional and personal life.

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For Whom Do You Communicate?

We were sitting in his office discussing what he recognized was a problem of sorts in his leadership: the way he sometimes communicates to people.  Empathy isn’t his strong suit.  He’s a good leader and he moves the ball down the field, but it’s sometimes at the expense of relationship. He is self-aware enough to know that empathy is a …

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There Are 2 Kinds of People…

There are 3 kinds of people in this world – those who are good at math, and those who aren’t. Ok, I guess there are just 2 kinds of people. Have you ever heard that expression – “There are 2 kinds of people…”?  I have heard multiple varieties of this euphemism.  One of my favourites comes from Clint Eastwood in …

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Words of Wisdom

Small bites of wisdom feed an appetite for learning. I love small words of wisdom that contain a big truth: the kind of truth that shifts my perspective and my leadership.  Over the years there have been many words of wisdom – truth articulated by others – that have provided direction, clarity or encouragement just when I needed it. I …

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Dead Heads Happen

“In a calm sea every man is captain.”  So the saying goes… What does it mean? Well, you don’t really discover true leadership until things get rough.  It takes the storms of life to stir up the strength of leaders.  When others withdraw, leaders step up and step in. We hit a little “storm” recently. Two buddies and I decided …

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3 Degrees From Great

“That’s lame.” “There’s no way we’re doing that song – forget it.” And so went the response to Randy Bachman’s pitching of his song “White Collar Worker” to his BTO band mates. He liked the song. He knew there was something special about it, but he also knew it was lacking something.  He just couldn’t put his finger on it. …

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As You Think, So You Are

I was reminded of an old proverb recently: “As a man thinketh so he is”. I had the pleasure of listening to Amy K Hutchens speak at a leadership event.  Amy is passionate about 2 things:  1. Changing how people think.  2. Changing how people behave. Isn’t that really what leadership is all about?  Enabling, empowering, equipping people to change …

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Remember Your “Why?”

They’d come so far.  They’d gone further than anyone had expected.  The odds had been stacked against them.  Their partnership, though born in humble beginnings, was still intact.  There were still on course.  They’d not varied from their plan, yet it had been far more difficult than they thought. They were now at a breaking point.  They did not know …

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Admit It. Own It. Fix It.

“What is this, some kind of vacuum on steroids??!!” she demanded. I couldn’t see her face, but from this end of the telephone line I could tell that she was not happy. “She” was the Director of Game Day Operations for an NHL franchise. She was looking at what had just arrived via courier from MacLean Sports Marketing. My sports …

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Beware “Whatever!”

We were discussing frustrations she had with her boss.  I could see she was down.  I could tell she was discouraged.  She was crashing into road block after road block set up by the very leadership for whom she was working. And then she said it.  She uttered the one word that clearly identified for me that this was an …

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How to Make People Like You

I found myself wondering, “Is this guy ever going to come up for air?” I was in a social situation where I didn’t know many people.  We were sitting at round tables of 8.  So, I introduced myself to the man sitting next to me.  I then asked him a couple of questions. And he was off… He was a …

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