Military Senior Leaders Behaving Badly

By | February 2, 2014

[February 02, 2014]  In a January 26 Washington Post article, several generals and admirals (flag officers) were identified as having involvement in allegedly unethical behavior.  A follow-up article appeared two days later.  The author rightly exposes what was hidden and is an example of bad leaders.  But this is not the entire story.  The military should be neither… Read More »

Robert Gates’ Book and Senior Leadership (Part 3)

By | February 1, 2014

[February 01, 2014] Part 3: The White House.  Robert Gates, in his new book, discusses senior leadership issues under both Presidents Bush and Obama.  While he praises and criticizes both, it is the President Obama White House that shows the most flaws in following the requirements of senior leaders.  In Part 1 (link here), Gates discussed the U.S.… Read More »

Profile on Evil Leaders

By | January 31, 2014

[January 31, 2014]  Leadership means many things but ultimately it means getting people to accomplish a goal.  Leaders come in a range of abilities and outcomes in performance – great, good, bad and yes evil.  But there is one category, the evil leader, which deserves special mention. Several years ago I was presented with a DVD of recordings… Read More »

Stuck in Atlanta Airport

By | January 30, 2014

[January 30, 2014 – Thursday]  I’m writing this from the Atlanta airport this morning, being delayed along with thousands of others since yesterday.  For those who have been out of the last 48-hour news cycle, the city of Atlanta and much of the southeast was in gridlock after two inches of snow and ice hit mid-day Tuesday. Both… Read More »

Robert Gates’ Book and Senior Leadership (Part 2)

By | January 30, 2014

[January 30, 2014] Part 2: The Pentagon.  In Robert Gates new book, he addresses both the good and the bad (lots of both) of our nation’s senior leadership during his time a Secretary of Defense under Presidents Bush and Obama.  My goal is to provide this series for readers about every other day.  Part 1 (link here) discussed… Read More »

Leadership is Not Linear

By | January 29, 2014

[January 29, 2014]  Leadership is neither linear, nor is it one-dimensional.  It is not linear because critical skills of leaders are not gained at a consistent or predictable pace; if at all.  And, leadership is not one-dimensional because it is complex, multifaceted, requires focused effort to learn, and those skills can be lost.  We have all read books… Read More »

Robert Gates’ Book and Senior Leadership (Part 1)

By | January 28, 2014

[January 28, 2014] Robert Gates, past U.S. Secretary of Defense for both Presidents Bush and Obama, has written a tell all book that directly and significantly addresses senior leadership, both civilian and military, at its highest levels in Washington D.C.  For that reason and that this blog focuses on the same subject, I will devote a three-part blog… Read More »

Know Yourself

By | January 26, 2014

[January 26, 2014]  Nearly everyone I know filling any leadership position will say that knowing one’s self is a requirement for a good leader.  What they will not say is that many do not believe it. This may come as a shock to many but the vast majority of leaders do not truly know themselves or are actively… Read More »

Reading List (Update)

By | January 25, 2014

[January 25, 2014] Two exceptional books this week to recommend.  Both address issues with senior executive leadership.  The first book by a retired U.S. Army brigadier general is about leading yourself and the problems that a military leader faces day to day.  The second book, one which has become controversial, by past Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is… Read More »