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Lessons from Leaders

Updated 08/31/2017
Related image   In Elementary School, it seemed nearly everyone wanted
   to be "the Leader". It was more ego than skill sets held.

   Today we see many leaders and others, wondering why
   they were given a leadership role. This too shall change.

   Below are presentations, papers or speeches, from some
   of recent notable leaders and information they shared in
   leadership matters and lessons learned to benefit others.
   Military leadership is different: mistakes impact life itself. 


   The recognized leaders below include, in order of appearance:
  • Retired General James "Maddog" Mattis, US Marines,
    currently serving as the US Secretary of Defense

  • Retired General Martin E Dempsey, US Army,
    who served as the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from October 1, 2011 until September 25, 2015

  • Retired General John Kelly, US Marines
    Brings lessons from the Military to Business

  • Retired 4-Star General Stanley McChrystal, US Army,
    who served as the Commander of the Joint Special Operations Task Force during the Iraq War with some great stories.

  • Retired Admiral William H McRaven, US Navy,
    who served as the 9th Commander of the United States 
  • Special 
  • Operations Command; as Commander, Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR), and 
  • as first director of NATO Special Operations Forces Coordination Centre (NSCC).

    Video from Secretary of Defense, retired general James "Maddog" Mattis as an impromptu
    speech before members of the United States and Jordanian military ... worth a watch. Video
    quality is low as it was taken by a member of the US Military using home equipment.

    James Mattis: Uncommon Knowledge [Hoover Institute, Wall Street Journal) 3/14/2015 [40:55]
    Retired four-star U.S. Marines Gen. James Mattis provides insights on the nature and history
    of war, and explains why these are crucial to understand, in this episode with Peter Robinson.

    John Kelly: Generals Bring Battlefield Expertise to the Business World
        [Wall Street Journal, 08/29/2017)
    At companies across America, generals are bringing battlefield lessons to business.
    Software maker Red Hat Inc. and computer-security firm Symantec Corp. are among the
    employers turning to generals for help on numerous fronts, from corporate governance
    to grappling with cyberwarfare. At not-for-profit Florida Hospital, a retired general is
    developing global partnerships and leadership talent, while Finland’s Cargotec Oyj has
    one running its rough-terrain-equipment unit in Texas.

    Articles from United States General Martin E Dempsey

    Stanley McChrystal: 4 thoughts on leadership [Becker's Hospital Review]
    In his latest book, "Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World,"
    retired U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal describes how the leadership lessons he
    learned commanding the Joint Special Operations Task Force during the Iraq War in the
    early 2000s are relevant in everyday business.

    The retired four-star general discusses six ways to manage those who report to you —
    and influence those who don't.

    Four-star general Stanley McChrystal shares what he learned about leadership over his decades
    in the military. How can you build a sense of shared purpose among people of many ages and
    skill sets? By listening and learning -- and addressing the possibility of failure.  TED Video.

    Stanley McChrystal: Organizing to Fight and Win in a Complex World [56:40]
    Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal speaks at West Point about how succeeding in an increasingly
    complex world, particularly at war, requires new types of organization—flat, networked, and
    built to share information.

    When General Stanley McChrystal started fighting al Qaeda in 2003, information and secrets
    were the lifeblood of his operations. But as the unconventional battle waged on, he began to
    think that the culture of keeping important information classified was misguided and actually
    counterproductive. In a short but powerful talk McChrystal makes the case for actively sharing

    Communication is critical to success in business and life. Concerned about an upcoming
    interview? Anxious about being asked to give your thoughts during a meeting? Fearful about
    needing to provide critical feedback in the moment? You are not alone! Learn and practice
    techniques that will help you speak. 

    General (Ret.) Stanley McChrystal speaks to Stanford Graduate School of Business students about
    essential aspects of leadership such as trust, purpose, and adaptability. "Talent alone doesn't
    make a great team. You need faith in your colleagues and alignment behind a common goal,"
    shared McChrystal.  Stanford Graduate School of Business video.

    Stanley McChrystal: What The Army Can Teach You About Leadership
    I recently spoke to Stanley McChrystal, who retired from the U.S. Army as a four-star general
    after more than thirty-four years of service. In the interview, he talked about the lessons he
    learned about leadership and managing teams, how an organization scale to meet new business
    management challenges, how to get team members on the same page, and more.  [3 Pages]

    William H. McRaven
    Admiral (Ret.) McRaven has served as the ninth commander of the United States Special
    Operations Command, as Commander, Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR), and
    as first director of NATO Special Operations Forces Coordination Centre (NSCC). In his
    6 minute video presentation, apparently before a naval graduation class, he provides a simple
    easy to understand path to change the world through leadership.  
This is a 6 minute must watch!
    Why? We all have been ,or will be, or will here again; it serves to remind us to keep pressing forward.
    "Nothing matters except your will to succeed." "Learn the power of hope."  "Never ever give up."

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