A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way,
…and shows the way.
Few leaders it seems, especially those serving in politics, are able to live up to the lofty ideal of being considered a stalwart of character and integrity. However, Abraham Lincoln most certainly qualifies as one such man.
Most people are aware of Lincoln’s numerous failures before he became president as the stories are widely circulated: Failed romantic relationships, failed business ventures, and failed political campaigns. The list of failures was long indeed. But, one failure that has never been attributed to this great man is his failure to live up to his legendary commitment to honesty.… Read the rest
We pause today to remember the events which occurred on 11 September 2001, and reflect upon how they completely changed our nation, our people and our world. We reverently remember al those whose lives were lost on that day, and all those who have since given the ultimate sacrifice in service to the War on Terror. We are also mindful of the many who still suffer today, through injury or loss, as a result of the days attacks and the many tragic and heroic related events over the last 13 years. Without a doubt, all of us were affected in some way by the event or the ensuing actions which have occurred since. … Read the rest
In military parlance, a Common Operating Picture (or “COP”) is a single presentation of the battlespace to a wide and distributed audience. The purpose is to provide common understanding and situational awareness for all involved. I’ve adapted this idea to graphically display the “battlespace” a leader has to understand so the team can achieve success. Leaders must harmonize the needs of their organization, their task, and individual team members to prevail. It’s a complex and people-focused job. If a leader can find the sweet spot in the “Leadership COP”, then they’re truly leading teams to high performance.… Read the rest
“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
George Bernard Shaw
Whether you move across the room to shake a hand or travel around the globe to partake in local cuisine and share in the culture of a partner, the significance and impact of a firm handshake and face to face interaction cannot be overstated.
In today’s electronic connectivity world, we as leaders grow physically further and further apart from the people we lead and count on to propel our organizations to new heights. The advent of e-mail, webinars, video conferencing, mobile devices and the vast array of social media, create an electronic umbilical connecting us to the virtual world, but can paralyze us from interacting in the physical world.… Read the rest
Associate Curator and GeneralLeadership.com CGO, Colonel Chris R. Stricklin reveals a leadership lessons from a corn farmer which can yield results in every aspect of our lives.… Read the rest