When not to Apologize

By | June 24, 2019

[June 24, 2019]  Leaders make mistakes; it goes with the leadership territory. This means an apology should be forthcoming to show you recognize the error, learned from it, and are moving on.  There are also times when not to apologize. Apologizing when you’re wrong shows humility and that you have the ability to learn and change for the… Read More »

Reading List: on Respect

By | June 23, 2019

[June 23, 2019]  Respect is a sticky concept; being something we all desperately want but also difficult to put our finger on. Like many who read this leadership blog, we know that humans seek specific things from our relationships. Respect is one of those intertwined with our likability, self-discipline, ability to compromise, and our concept of right and… Read More »

Leadership among Boys

By | June 22, 2019

[June 22, 2019]  On a number of occasions here at www.theleadermaker.com, I’ve written about how the leadership I see in young boys is not that different from adult leadership. Next month, I will write more about this.  I will be volunteering at a Boy Scout camp and send updates. I hope readers find my observations interesting and worthy… Read More »

Discipline and Trust: a Common Thread

By | June 18, 2019

[June 18, 2019] It seems like yesterday that I joined the U.S. Army. That was 45 years ago, and my thinking hasn’t changed much since then. My values remain largely unchanged, and my commitment remains rock-solid. What has changed, however, was my devotion to the discipline necessary to succeed and my understanding that only through discipline can we… Read More »

The Buddy System

By | June 17, 2019

[June 17, 2019] “Find a buddy. You’ve got 10 seconds,” the Drill Sergeant screamed at us as we arrived at Fort Polk, Louisiana for boot camp. Private Thibaut Lemieux, a Cajun from southern Louisiana, stood next to me and we instantly became part of the Army’s mandated buddy system. Thibaut (pronounced t-bow) and I were inseparable throughout the… Read More »