Category Archives: Characteristics

Are Characteristics of Military Leaders Different?

By | October 14, 2016

[October 14, 2016]  I’ve been asked this question many times and 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 characteristics. This may only… Read More »

Transparency in Leadership

By | September 14, 2016

[September 14, 2016]  My graduating class of the U.S. Infantry School in 1983 produced an exceptional group of officers.  When 9/11 occurred nearly all of us were colonels and had considerable command experience; fully ready for whatever the national called upon us to do.  But the one thing that our schooling failed to prepare us for was the… Read More »

Top-Down Loyalty

By | September 8, 2016

[September 8, 2016]  Everyone will tell you that loyalty is one of the most visible and noteworthy of all traits; found not just in humans but also in animals.  What makes it so important is that loyalty is necessary for the survival of the species; without it, no individual could depend on others.  Despite much talk about bottom-to-top… Read More »