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“Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Stars: A Study in Military Character and Leadership
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“In the end, all business operations can be reduced to three words: people, product, & profits.
Unless you’ve got a good team, you can’t do much with the other two.”
I feel very privileged that GeneralLeadership.com asked me to make another contribution on leadership. I understand that my last blog, “Heroes” was well received by readers and I hope this article is equally successful as I feel it is very important for a leader to have the right team for any organization.
In my career as a General Officer and corporate executive, I have repeatedly been faced with the same conundrum: I know I need the right people for my organization but how do I go about making sure I choose the right ones?… Read the rest
From Our Early Files:
18 April 2013
“No enemy bombs will ever land on Berlin, or my name is not
the leader formerly known as
In most organizations, leaders live in an environment of respect, rules, professionalism, and obedience. In simpler words…the boss is the boss, and we follow their direction. That basic foundation is definitely important to success. As leaders get heavier responsibility and more authority is placed on their shoulders, subordinates tend to follow their direction with even fewer questions.
If you ask anyone who holds a position of authority if they are a good leader, I’ll bet that most say absolutely yes—we believe in ourselves.… Read the rest
“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”
Recently, a friend shared a story that moved me. His grandfather was grieving the loss of his wife. When she died, his grandfather was overcome with grief and inconsolable. Desperate, his grandfather asked my friend if the Air Force could bring his dead wife back to life. He believed he would meet her someday in heaven, but that was not soon enough, he needed her now. It was probably not possible, he knew that, but he was willing to try anything. He had heard rumors the Air Force might have special equipment that could make that possible. … Read the rest
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GeneralLeadership made the news! Check out the article by Military Times Staff Writer, Oriana Pawlyk, entitled “Seeking ways to bridge ‘civilian- military gap'”
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“Some new programs and resources are popping up that could help foster deeper understanding. Retired Brig. Gen. John Michel, former commanding general of the NATO Air Training Command in Kabul, Afghanistan, feels that after well over a decade of continuous combat operations, veterans and the general public want to connect more than ever. Michel and other military leaders founded GeneralLeadership.com, a blog that works to recognize and connect service members and the general population “which we serve.” “There is a gap, whether real or perceived,” Michel said.… Read the rest
“It is the [people] behind who make the [person] ahead.”
— Merle Crowell
As military members, we are commonly told our most marketable skill after retirement is leadership. Yet, as you progress through the ranks and attend various military colleges, we always seem to be looking to civilian authors and courses for lessons on leadership. What is the magic dust that makes military leaders great? The answer is simple…followership.
Search your favorite online bookstore for ‘leadership’ and you will find in excess of 22,000 books. In contrast, a search for ‘followership’ will yield a mere 20 literary works. Why the dramatic difference?… Read the rest
“It won’t be an easy journey. It’ll be long, and arduous. But I promise you one thing: on the memory of those lying here before you, we shall find it, and Earth shall become our new home.
So say we all!”
Commander Bill Adama
Studying fictional leaders is sometimes as profitable as studying actual ones. For example, Commander William Adama (Edward James Olmos) in the SyFy TV series Battlestar Galactica is a great character study in leadership during crisis. I’m a big BSG fan, and consider it one of the best sci-fi TV series ever made. The quote above is from the end of the pilot, after the Cylons have destroyed the entire human race except for 50,000 survivors.… Read the rest
This is a story about the transition from Technical Expert to Successful Leader. Following a one-year tour in Afghanistan, I was reassigned to an Air Traffic Control (ATC) radar facility. Not just any ATC facility, but one of the larger and busier ones—the 2nd busiest joint-use airfield in the Air Force.
The 15-position facility is manned by two 40-person teams, responsible for the safe and expeditious movement of 180,000 annual aircraft operations across 4,600 square miles and six airports. Additionally these teams provide ATC support to the world-class European North Atlantic Treaty Organization Joint-Jet Pilot Training Program, which produces aviators for the NATO Alliance.… Read the rest