Category Archives: Leadership

When Leaders Lie It Will Follow Them Forever

[August 9, 2017]  A good friend of mine (I’ll call her Jane) lied about her minor criminal background on her application to be a U.S. Army officer; this happened many decades ago.  Jane was commissioned a lieutenant, received a secret clearance, performed well, and years later was considered for the rank of Brigadier General.  When… Read More »

Good is the Enemy of Great

[August 6, 2017]  It was instantly recognizable for its meaning to the soldiers waiting their turn to interview for Ranger School; the elite of U.S. Army schools and the one most respected.  Good is the enemy of great, carved in wood and hung above the desk of the most senior enlisted man at the school,… Read More »

Who Was Egyptian Narmar?

[August 5, 2017]  The ability to get into the mind of great leaders – thus to understand both their decision-making and their motivations – is the perfect way toward the wisdom of leadership.  The problem, of course, is doing this is impossible but we can discover hints about them.1  Today, I’ll explore Egyptian King Narmar,… Read More »

A Last Salute for Our Fallen Brothers

[August 4, 2017]  The evening was pleasant, not just with the weather, but to see so many of those who help make our community better at our local National Night Out here in southern New Jersey.  One prominent group participating was Last Salute – those who provide a last salute to our fallen brothers (and… Read More »

Intelligence is no Substitute for Character

[July 28, 2017]  The United States Marines Corps’ leaders are fond of saying that the foundation for leadership is character, intellect, and integrity.  They also make it clear that character is higher (meaning of greater value) than intelligence as a foundation for leaders.1  In doing so they have based their understanding on many of the… Read More »

They All Need Mentors

[July 24, 2017]  An interesting development in the area of leadership growth in the U.S. military occurred last week when a gathering of colonels and navy/coast guard captains was convened to discuss how to more effectively develop leaders.  For the uninitiated in military affairs, there has been a wide-ranging dialogue on matters related to the… Read More »