I failed. There, I said it. In the military, that phrase is unacceptable. Failure in an operation often equates to damage or death to the wrong side –ours. That goal of zero-failure permeates beyond operations to every aspect of the military. Accepting zero failure is perfect for an F-15 dogfight to the death; however, in matters not related to life or death, failure is critical to success. As the famous actor Mickey Rooney opined, “You always pass failure on your way to success.” Stated another way, to succeed you must fail.… Read the rest
A supertanker leader is one who pushes aside the normal procedures and looks at a problem from a completely different perspective. He chooses to embrace the discomfort of change and reacts by pushing through that discomfort towards a goal on the other side. The disruption in the organization causes ripples that spread behind the leader and force change rapidly to compensate for the imbalance.
Originally published in written form: https://generalleadership.com/supertanker-leadership/… Read the rest
To be a great leader doesn’t mean one has to take the flag and charge into cannon fire or make a drastic change in the organization. Those leaders do tend to get all the fame, but the ones that can make a real difference in peoples’ lives are the ones who constantly set a good example, reward positive performance and steer their team to success. The Colorado River carved the Grand Canyon over time; the constant gradual pressure produced breath-taking results. Similarly, leaders can make a large impact with slow, steady inputs to their organization or people.… Read the rest
Balance changes with different circumstances. A leader must evaluate the situation and make a decision…each and every day. What worked yesterday may be completely inappropriate for today. A leader exercises the right to stoke the fire as needed. Determining the appropriate balance to obtain the maximum performance from your team while keeping them motivated, energized and ready for the next challenge is the key to excellent leadership.
Originally published in written form: https://generalleadership.com/leadership-delicate-balance/… Read the rest
Lifelong learning leads to Lucky Leadership. Colonel Chris Levy discusses the two bags of leadership that only experience can fill.… Read the rest
“…bad leaders can teach you what NOT to do, and those results can be just as beneficial in developing desired leadership qualities.”
Col. Christopher P. Levy reminds us we can learn as much from bad leaders as we can from the effective ones.… Read the rest