Category Archives: Characteristics

Characteristic # 106: Self-Awareness

[February 8, 2018]  Leadership today involves navigating some of the most difficult situations without any signpost markers along the way telling us which way is best.  That means a leader must be, by definition, resilient, tough-minded, and inner directed  But more than anything else, a leader must have the self-awareness to “see” solutions to the… Read More »

Characteristic# 105: High Energy

[January 23, 2018] A new movie is out about the Britain’s PM Winston Churchill and the reviews were mixed. Historical inaccuracies aside, what this movie and other sources tell us, is that Churchill is a revered figure, worldwide for his leadership during World War II. We also know that Churchill had high energy and that… Read More »

Who Was Mary Edwards Walker?

[December 30, 2017] My intent here at is to not only discuss the core attributes of leadership but to also provide outstanding examples; those people we can look at to improve our skills and inspire us. Today, I will be recognizing Mary Edwards Walker, born 1832, American abolitionist, prohibitionist, prisoner of war, and surgeon. Mary… Read More »

Who Was Armin T. Wegner?

[December 8, 2017]  In 1784, Robert Burns wrote in a poem1 that “Man’s inhumanity to man causes countless thousands to mourn.”  His inspiration was based on his own poverty in which he lived.  It is poetic, in a sense, that we use his words to describe the horrific genocide perpetrated against the Armenian peoples in… Read More »

Characteristic# 104:  Generosity

[October 11, 2017]  Fundamental traits of what constitutes a great leader never changes.  Those characteristics that stand out as key component of greatness will remain the same as long as people remain humans and just as our wants and desires remain unchanged.  One of those important traits that cannot go without mentioning here is generosity;… Read More »

Leadership in a Bubble

[September 26, 2017]  There is no denying that all leaders live in a bubble to some extent where accurate and timely information struggles to get to them.  A big leadership challenge is whether they are taking effective steps to overcome the disadvantages associated with it.  When leaders fail, often spectacularly, it can be often traced… Read More »

Leadership: Even the Young Can Understand

[September 25, 2017]  I’m writing this after just returning from a three-day campout in a local state park with a Boy Scout troop.  It is always easy to be optimistic after spending a few days with the boys and getting to understand how much they know (or don’t know) about leadership.  I can honestly conclude… Read More »

Characteristic# 103:  Being Consistent

[August 18, 2017]  It has been more than a year since I added a “characteristic” for senior leaders.  How I overlooked this one – an important one at that – is still a mystery.  Being consistent as a leader is crucial for a number of reasons that I will address below. In the Deep South… Read More »

The Most Essential Leader Trait

[August 2, 2017]  I’ve written before, here in that the most important leadership characteristic is “caring” about others (see link here).  While I believe that is true, there are many who make the argument that the most important leader trait is having a good moral foundation. Without a moral foundation, the argument states, there… Read More »

Focus on Your Core Mission

[August 1, 2017]  It’s easy to tell the difference in leadership priorities.  One of my favorites, and where I’ve had personal experience, is where the leader has a laser-like focus on the core mission (go figure!).  U.S. Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) James Mattis is a great example of this approach and one who is known… Read More »