Leadership: Not From a Textbook

You can’t read a textbook and become a great leader.

Much more than that is demanded from a great leader. As General Patton once said, “Lead me, follow me, or get the hell out of the way.” It’s that simple. That is why I like the characteristics of the military. It is simple and to the point in almost everything, the military does. Winston Churchill said it right, “Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.” There are moments in life that it may seem complex and terrifying, and some people seem to rise to the occasion. These are traits of the effective leaders that seem to come by it easy. In reality, leadership does not come easy.

Below Warrior Mindset highlights the traits of effective leadership from Brad’s experience as a Navy SEAL.

A great leader is…

Never afraid in the face of uncertainty

Leaders will always face uncertainty life. Should I make that investment? Should I hire this person? Should I fire this person? Which office phone system is the best? Or what military strategy should we use so nobody dies? Perspective is important when making decisions as a leader.

Great networker

Empowers their subordinates

A great listener

Makes a decision during the most uncomfortable times


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