© 2019 by Don Cruickshank 

I have a zest for life and passion for people that are rarely matched!


I do not believe that we should value people “so that” we achieve extraordinary results. If we do that, then we only value people in a self-seeking manner (that is transactional leadership and not servant leadership).


Instead, I value people believing that as a leader one of my goals is to bring out the best in those I lead. Yet I do not pretend that extraordinary results won’t follow…they will.


Motivation is one of the major differences between transactional leadership and servant leadership.


This is the fundamental driving force behind DC Leadership Training & Consulting and what distinguishes us from many other consultants and consulting firms out there!


So how did I get into leadership training and consulting? Read my article here



With over 13 years of management experience, my optimism, aggressive problem solving, and a dynamic approach to managing change, have brought success
to every organization of which I have been a part.


I am fortunate enough to have been recognized by LinkedIn as an "expert" in my field, yet I am also an avid learner. I enjoy multidisciplinary learning and want to study the most recent trends and best practices of areas in which I am involved. I know that my learning is not just for me but provides me with new techniques that I can pass on to others to help them become more successful.


As an influencer, I enjoy the opportunity to teach others. In teaching others I realize that people can only learn from where they are beginning – whether that is knowledge base, skill set or competency levels. Therefore, when I am teaching individuals I ask them questions to determine their starting point.  


My formal education includes a Masters in Leadership & Management as well as being certified in Team Leadership, and a Certified Trainer, Coach, and Consultant with Leading From Your Strengths.


The following has recently been stated regarding my
character and abilities: "Donald has excelled in his study of Leadership and Management and has excellent experience in doing real-time leadership and management.

He has gained wisdom and understanding beyond his years. Donald is a person of character demonstrating high integrity and authenticity, a person of strong leadership competence, a widely enough experienced person that he quickly grasps the culture in a wide range of contexts, is courageous and brave enough to step into demanding contexts and he brings positive energy and chemistry to any environment he is in.


I have the highest regard and recommendation for him as a person and for what he has become and will deliver wherever he is provided an engaging opportunity."



- Paul E Magnus, PhD

President Emeritus, Distinguished Professor & Chair of Leadership/Management