Leadership: the Key to Success

If you believe leadership is a critical ingredient of personal or professional success, I encourage you to consider why the military is so well known for developing leaders.

Gallup and others (Pew, Harris) repeatedly rank the military at the top of their polls in such areas as confidence in the institution.

Are you challenged with:

  • Determining priorities and maintaining clarity or focus?
  • Motivating, influencing, or inspiring your staff or team?
  • Communicating your vision and gaining buy in from your team?

If you are interested in …

  • Developing leaders who are able to drive results
  • Building teams who achieve goals
  • Improving communication and productivity skills that include problem solving, decision-making, and time management

… for your organization or personal life.

It all starts with you.

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One reason the military repeatedly ranks at the top of the Gallup Polls is that soldiers aren’t given the option to just “try.” Instead, they are expected to accomplish each and every mission because others depend upon them.

Of course, you cannot simply tell an employee that they have to do something and expect that they will get it done, or be able to get it done. In order to achieve that type of expectation the organizational climate needs to support it.

A company or individual must focus on its mission (or purpose) by starting with the values they espouse. For the U.S. Army, these values centered upon this acronym, L-D-R-S-H-I-P:

  • Loyalty
  • Duty
  • Respect
  • Selfless service
  • Honor
  • Integrity
  • Personal courage

I invite you to explore this website for ideas that will influence your approach to individual, team (Teamwork), and organizational (Communication) leadership to improve the quality of your personal and professional life.

Years of personal experience as a career military officer showed me that an Army manual, FM 6-22, expresses it best:

A leader is anyone who inspires and influences people to accomplish organizational goals; they motivate others to pursue actions, focus thinking, and shape decisions for the greater good of the organization.

Since we spend the majority of our day participating in some event influenced by a coach, teacher, or other person in charge, that ability to influence has a significant impact on the experience.

Consider any new activity or recall youth sports. The ability of the coach to inspire and motivate influences our interest and desire to stay involved.

When those serving in these important positions are passionate and influence us in a positive way, we get excited and want to continue our involvement.

How important is leadership to you?  

Life is short -- why participate in an activity if we don’t enjoy it, and if we participate, why not do so with all of our energy?

  • It is about building teams and communicating so that everyone works together.
  • It is a key ingredient to successful businesses and championship teams; those that create this environment tend to be the ones on top.

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