How Skilled Leaders can give Positive Feedback

By | August 3, 2018

[August 3, 2018]  A fundamental duty of leaders is to find opportunities to provide useful information to others and deliver positive feedback.  It is the embodiment of great leadership to teach, coach, and mentor in such a way that the feedback is received as a stimulus to internal motivation. It is no surprise that someone who is able… Read More »

Minneapolis Mayor is a Patsy

By | August 2, 2018

[August 2, 2018]  I was on my way home to Washington, D.C. from a Sunday morning, going-to-church wedding in Minneapolis, Minnesota when I heard about a sad story.  You see, there was a young 31-year old black man who was killed by police (happened the day I was there) because he had a gun, was wildly shooting it… Read More »

Remember Their Names

By | August 1, 2018

[August 1, 2018]  My recent experience with the Boy Scouts at summer camp (articles here and here) brought a number of comments from readers asking for practical leadership tips.  I’ll soon start a short series on this, but for today I’ll offer one of the most useful of all practical leader tips; remember their names. Yes, that’s it… Read More »

Mission First, People Always

By | July 31, 2018

[July 31, 2018]  “Mission first, people always,” is more than just a saying in the U.S. military; it’s a philosophy.  The fact that leadership is difficult even in the best of times means that we expect the mission to be accomplished and done efficiently and effectively by people.  In this idea, mission first, people always … one of… Read More »

Leadership is a Life Choice

By | July 30, 2018

[July 30, 2018]  At a commissioning ceremony, where a dozen army Second Lieutenants took the oath of office, the commandant of the ROTC program said something that stuck with me my entire life.  “For those of you who swear to become an officer, leadership is a life choice.”1 What he meant at the time and all those around… Read More »

Why Leaders Study the Greek Classics

By | July 29, 2018

[July 29, 2018]  There’s an old stereotype that soldiers in the military are a bunch of knuckle-dragging dimwits who don’t have a creative thought or significant accomplishment in their pathetic lives.1  Contrary to that view, however, is a growing trend among most Western-nation military leaders to study the Greek classics. Several of my neighbors at a recent get… Read More »

Success is 10 percent Inspiration

By | July 26, 2018

[July 26, 2018]  … and 90 percent perspiration.  This famous quote is by Thomas Edison, a man often described as America’s “greatest inventor.”1  Great leaders inspire!  They also understand that providing inspiration is only part of the formula and that working to see that inspiration achieves real results is where the hard work really happens. “Our chief want… Read More »