Hero: Audie Murphy

[July 1, 2019] Yesterday, I was watching the movie, To Hell and Back (1955) when I remembered that I’d not written a “Hero” blog post in a long time. The movie, starring Audie Murphy (playing himself) has been one of my favorites since I can remember.1 “I’ll tell you what bravery really is. Bravery is just determination to… Read More »

The Bluejackets Manual: Navy Traditions

By | June 28, 2019

[June 28, 2019] Growing up, I always knew my uncle was in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Named after my granddaddy Smith (married to Bigmama), “Junior” was a man of serious integrity, family-focused, and a person you could trust to help no matter what. Yesterday, I received his 1944 Bluejacket’s Manual; something I will forever keep… Read More »

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 »