Category Archives: Habits

Real Leaders Get Their Hands Dirty

By | October 6, 2016

[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 how well that… Read More »

Insults, Leadership, and Gold Star Parents

By | August 26, 2016

[August 26, 2016]  Regular readers of this column know that I often advise against insulting people; regardless of who they are or whether they deserve it.  I’ve written about it (see links here, here, and here) and mentored other leaders to avoid it.  Insults are generally counterproductive; insults are divisive, an immature tactic, and rarely produce positive results… Read More »

Leaders Doing the Dirty Job

By | June 5, 2016

[June 5, 2016]  It is often said that the best of leaders are willing to do what they whatever is asked of their followers.  As lieutenants in the U.S. Army we could always tell which officer was most respected from how “wet” they were with their men at the wash racks cleaning armored vehicles.  Those at the wash… Read More »