As a young fighter pilot, I metaphorically held two bags in my hand each time I took to the skies; a luck bag and an experience bag. As I found myself in difficult situations, I could pull wisdom from either bag to help extricate myself and be successful in my mission. As one might guess, the experience bag starts empty and can only be built by time in the jet. Thus, the only bag at my disposal in the beginning was the luck bag.… Read the rest
A large part of your job as a leader is to grow your replacement. No matter how fantastic a leader you are, you will eventually be replaced. You may retire, move to a different job, get fired, get promoted…but you will not be the leader of your organization forever. Someone will replace you.
I used to work for a 4-star general who spent the first two to three hours of every day growing new leaders. … Read the rest
Colonel Chris P. Levy You explains you can learn almost as much about leadership from losers as you can from heroes. The good leaders in a person’s history are usually the ones that spring to mind when considering how to lead. I ask you to break from this habit and consider the leaders you would rather forget, the ones that still give you that feeling in the pit of your stomach or cause you to have nightmares. Those bad leaders can teach you what NOT to do, and those results can be just as beneficial in developing desired leadership qualities. … Read the rest
Every organization reflects the personality of the leader. Thus it is critical for a leader to set a good example for the team to follow. The commander of a fighter squadron could be the best fighter pilot in the world, but if he treats people like dirt, the squadron will be rotten to the core.
The hen-pecked husband who is yelled at by his wife turns around and kicks the dog, passing the bad feelings to someone or something else.… Read the rest
Picture a giant ocean-going vessel…it can help people accomplish amazing amounts of work in a single voyage. It can seem powerful, unstoppable, never tiring as it moves cargo in dogged pursuit of its goal. In calm water, the ship can be run at high speed, covering hundreds of miles every day. However, when you turn around and look behind the ship…the calm water is turned into a hissing froth of bubbles, waves, ripples and even debris. What was calm is now in chaos. … Read the rest
Balanced leadership requires continuous, delicate adjustments to maintain homeostasis in your organization. Balance is stressed in every aspect of our lives — from learning to ride a bike to eating a balanced diet. It should be no different in leading an organization. We’ve all worked for a person who had no life outside of his job. At the office by 6 am, never home before 10 pm. Working those hours is a personal choice, but a leader must be cognizant that his choices affect the lives of everyone in the organization.… Read the rest
You can learn almost as much about leadership from losers as you can from heroes. After 26 years of service with the Air Force, I have seen my share of both. I have had the honor of serving with superior commanders whom I would follow through the gates of Hell and the misfortune to suffer losers who stumbled blindly into a leadership position. Surprisingly, from both I have learned much about leadership.
A true student of leadership is always studying his leaders for good habits to emulate and bad habits to avoid.… Read the rest