Category Archives: Habits

Good Habits #33: Be a Teacher

[May 13, 2017]  Practical, day-to-day leadership is something that must be practiced and that is why I began this series on good habits several years ago.  At the time, I wrote some good advice and my first was to never assume anything.  It was also the time that I wanted to write that one of… Read More »

Good Habits #32: Ask Good Questions

[April 21, 2017]  Here at theLeaderMaker.com I like to encourage habits that make leaders effective.  In that context, I’ve found whenever a leader asks good questions, good things happen.  Indeed, this is a significant fact that cannot be overlooked by those who fill the role of leader.  There is, however, some confusion I will clear… Read More »

Good Habits #31: Show Your Passion

[April 9, 2017]  One day many years ago I was visiting Fort Dix, New Jersey; a small U.S. Army base where mostly Reservists and Guardsmen train and located east of Philadelphia across the Delaware River.  The commander of the base was a senior Colonel and a rising star in the military.  He was eager to… Read More »

Good Habits #30: Give a Simple Thank-You

[March 16, 2017]  I remember it like it occurred yesterday.  My maternal grandmother was a kind yet tough individualist who spoke her mind plainly and often.  One day after I was baptized as a young boy in church she said, “Douglas, you’re a good kid, thank you.”  It should be no surprise that the best… Read More »

Good Habits #29: Smile

[February 25, 2017]  Someone once said that a smile is the language of kindness and that is certainly true.  Leaders of all stripes, to be successful, smile in order to be both approachable and motivational.  This is achieved easily for those willing to take the simple step of smiling.  Recent interpretations of ancient writings tell… Read More »

Good Habits #28: Look Like a Leader

[January 10, 2016]  Success comes in many forms and is the result of good habits practiced daily.  Leaders give credit where it’s due, accept feedback, are generous, and treat others fairly.  But leaders should also look like a leader and that is not so easy. “People buy into the leader before they buy into the… Read More »

Good Habits #27: Have Patience

[November 17, 2016]  Leaders are trained to be and experienced in being proactive; aggressively pursuing missions, tasks, and goals is expected and good.  Inaction is shunned like Joan of Arc who was burned at the stake in 1431.  Great leadership means patience and knowing when to employ the precise timing of rare, aggressive action. “Patience… Read More »

Good Habits #26: Be a Paragon of Standards

[October 17, 2016]  There’s an old saying in the U.S. Army that goes something like this … “If you pass a problem by, you just set a new standard … a lower standard.”  As a military leader when a problem (or issue, or concern) is overlooked, the troops will notice and see that leadership expectations… Read More »

Real Leaders Get Their Hands Dirty

[October 6, 2016]  … and that’s how they get things done!  The expectations and hopes of any organization (or society) depends upon the quality and experience of its leaders.  Regardless of position – junior manager, mid-grade officer, or senior leader – the commitment of a leader to get their hands dirty is intimately connected to… Read More »

Good Habits #25: Be Generous

[September 23, 2016]  I was an enlisted man for 7 years in the U.S. Army before receiving my officer commission.  One of my proudest moments was when I was promoted to the rank of Sergeant (E-5 pay grade).  More commonly known as Buck Sergeant, I was fortunate to have plenty of mentors who gave me… Read More »