20 Characteristics of Weak Leaders

By | October 21, 2021

[October 21, 2021]  Command Sergeant Majors (CSM) are the U.S. Army’s most senior enlisted soldiers and all our military services have an equivalent.  They are highly respected and they give their wisdom and advice to senior commanders to help their units run smoothly.  One CSM once gave me his thoughts on why there are so many weak leaders… Read More »

The Son of an Auschwitz Camp Survivor

By | October 20, 2021

[October 20, 2021]  Early yesterday afternoon, I received a call from a friend named David.  He is the son of an Auschwitz Concentration Camp survivor.  It’s his dad’s story I want to tell today. The stories of Jews leading up to and during WWII give us lessons about powerful governments.  His dad’s story, in particular, in the halls… Read More »

The Leader Ability to Forgive

By | October 19, 2021

[October 19, 2021]  One of the most misunderstood and misinterpreted characteristic of a leader is the ability to forgive.  Rarely talked about and while practiced by many, unevenly applied. Leaders who practice forgiveness will benefit everyone in their organization and simultaneously retain the best worker talent and improve performance. People make mistakes – some unintentional and some by… Read More »

Missed Opportunities, Hardly Tryin’

By | October 18, 2021

By guest blogger Sadako Red [see disclaimer] [October 18, 2021]  Nothing is more galling than missing an obvious opportunity to do good or to succeed and we all know it.  We know it in our bones!  We know that to do so means a missed chance that will never show itself again.  I was once young and had… Read More »

Physical and Emotional Stamina

By | October 17, 2021

[October 17, 2021]  I was breaking in a replacement Flag officer at the end of my tour in South Korea.  The job was demanding and required me to work closely with and live alongside my Korean counterparts. My replacement, however, had difficulty adapting to the new assignment and was eventually sent home early. What did he lack?  He… Read More »

Are Military Leader Characteristics Different?

By | October 15, 2021

[October 15, 2021]  I’ve been asked the question, are military leader traits different, several times.  The answer is, of course, “no” … the characteristics of military leaders are the same as all other leaders.  To some of my friends, they were a bit surprised by my answer because, like many people, they are confusing leadership style with leadership… Read More »

Judging Character

By | October 14, 2021

[October 14, 2021]  One of the most challenging character traits of leaders to achieve and to develop is the ability to judge character in others. Leaders are looking for specific traits that predict successful mission completion or are obstacles to teamwork. Sadly, we often see inexperienced leaders who misjudge character, leading to unforeseen problems. “I admire men of… Read More »

Book Signing for My New Book

By | October 13, 2021

[October 13, 2021]  Well, I have my first book signing coming up here in a little over a week, and I am looking forward to it.  A local restaurant, The Historic Smithville Inn, will be hosting the event on October 23 from Noon to 5 pm.  That’s a long day of signing, but I’m sure I can hang… Read More »