Issue 50: August 9th, 2012
Inside this Issue:
- Thought for the Week
- Quote of the Week
- Video of the Week
- Book of the Week
- Leader of the Week
- Final Thoughts
Thought for the Week
My thought for the week this week is about leadership. It can be said that you won’t ever know how good of a job you did as a leader, until after you have left the duty position. In other words, your effectiveness is determined by how STRONG of an organization you built, and how many leaders you built.
If your organization relies solely on you, it is in trouble, especially if you are the leader. You need to focus your time and energy building an organization that thrives without you. That is the true measure of your effectiveness. During your time as a leader, make sure you develop systems and make sure you develop your people, so your organization can continue to grow for the next 1, 3, 5 or even 10 years, without you at the helm.
In order to do so, you must spend lots of time mentoring your people. Conduct one-on-one coaching, OPDs and NCODPs, group training and whatever else you can to help your people develop their skills. Teach them to be independent thinkers who can make their own decisions. Send them to schools and challenge them. In addition, make sure you establish SOPs for everything your unit does. As you do this, make sure your followers are trained on the SOPs.
If you can do this, you will be well on your way to building a winning organization that will thrive with or without you.
Quote of the Week
My quote for the week this week is “I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.” ~ Ghandi
My take: Back in the day, leaders led with brute force. In modern times, that strategy is pretty much outdated. Leadership is about influence. I think it’s much wiser to lead with passion, integrity and fairness, than it is to rule with a clinched fist!
Video of the Week
In this video, you will hear from General Colin Powell. He talks about the “Essence of Leadership.” It’s a short video, but really hits home. He highlights the importance of trust.
Book of the Week
My featured book of the week this week is my new eBook “How to Mentor and Develop Your Subordinate Officers and NCOs: A Practical Guide for Military Leaders.” I just published this eBook a couple days ago. If you want to become a better leader and better mentor, this is the book for you. Check it out here!
Featured Leader of the Week
My featured leader of the week this week is SGT Dakota Meyer. He is a United States Marine who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Afghanistan. The video is his interview on 60-Minutes. It’s absolutely amazing. Check it out here.
I’d like to close today’s post by offering you a fitness challenge. If you’ve struggled with your weight, or you simply want to improve your health, you should check out the Team Beach Body Program. My friend Toby is a “Beach Body Coach” and he can help you reach your fitness goals. You can check out his website to learn more about his products and services.
Have a great week. Talk to you next Thursday. Thanks for your service.