[December 22, 2021] Leadership is hard. Military leadership (that applies to leaders preparing for and being in combat) is tough. There are several famous writers on leadership (e.g., Druker, Maxwell, Bennis) who provide insight into several principles of leadership.
Yesterday, I wrote Part 1 and listed many of those principles. These “principles” are commonly found by those writing about successful leadership. It’s hard to come up with a better list, and I like the list from yesterday. You can’t argue that any one of them can be dismissed.
Can I do better? I’ll let you be the judge. Regardless of what is listed, there are some prerequisites. First, you must lead by example, develop your family and community, be decisive, show loyalty, and never assume any damn thing. If you are religious, that also gives you an advantage. You do all this by working hard and being smart.
Here is my list of 10 core military leadership principles that have stayed with me for decades. I found them helpful everywhere I went.
- Lead from the front
- Take care of your Soldiers
- Think, write, speak, and stay focused
- Know evil and do not tolerate it
- Be prepared
- Tell the truth
- Create more leaders
- Be a cheerleader for your team (loyalty)
- Stand up for and protect the weak (courage)
- Be responsible in everything you do
Like yesterday’s “list,” without putting in the hard work required to be a successful leader, you will not get there. There are just too many obstacles along the way.
It is easy to add to this list. I have only 10, more might be helpful, but I’ll put a period on the end of these. I have found that the more informed we are, and the more detail provided to us, the more folks get tangled up in the details of life and fail to follow through. Don’t get caught in that trap.
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