Leadership Series Part 1 with Mike Davidson [RR 640]

Mike Davidson began his automotive career in 1984 as a car detailer at a GMC dealership. He started working in independent shops in 1992 and opened Parkway Automotive in 1998. He joined RLO Connor’s Bottom-Line Impact Group in 1999 and graduated from the Automotive Management
Institute in 2000. Mike was voted Arkansas’ NAPA/ASE Technician of the Year from 2001 to 2008, joined Elite Pro Service Peer Group in 2008, and continues to be an active member. He has been a business coach for Elite Worldwide, a published author, and a presenter at multiple conferences across the United States. He created a live interview seminar called “Hiring for Keeps”  in 2013 and developed an automotive apprentice program approved by the United States Department of Labor in 2016. As a John Maxwell certified speaker, trainer, and coach, Mike has developed a training program to assist shop owners to develop leaders within their organization. He is married with four grown children, resides in Alexander, Arkansas, and is a member of The Bible Church of Little Rock. You can reach Mike at miked@parkwayautomotive.net

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Key Talking Points

  • There exist a leadership deficit in the world
  • There exist a hunger and need for true and authentic leadership
  • Leadership is influence and a skill that can be learned
  • Every person born has the ability to lead even if it’s just themselves
  • You can’t lead others until you lead yourself
  • Have others to speak into your life that you know, love and trust.
  • Be intentional when leading yourself
  • Leaders need mentors speaking into their life regularly
  • “Everything rises and falls on leadership”- John Maxwell.
  • If you look closely at issues within the business you will discover that you are the problem – The great news, you are also the solution
  • Employees want consistency, policies create consistency.
  • Become a leadership company that happens to sell automotive service
  • When you grow leaders within the business- you will grow yourself out of job. Your team will become leaders themselves
  • “The bridge from good to great is short and built with the nails of discipline.” – Mike Davidson
  • Discipline is building processes for your life
  • Servant leadership is leadership
  • Equipping- What areas do you need learn and grow?
  • Attitude- How is your attitude about life and people?
  • Blindspots- if you don’t have people around you to point out and discuss your blind spots, you’ll start thinking you don’t have any.
  •  Pride and a weak character are at the center of all great mistakes


  • Thanks to Mike Davidson for his contribution to the aftermarket’s premier podcast.
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Carm is the founder and host of the Remarkable Results Radio Podcast; the only one of its type in the automotive aftermarket. Carm calls on his 35 years’ experience in the aftermarket to bring engaging stories from his guests.

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