I’m constantly drawn to leaders in military settings. I suspect it’s because of the immense gravity surrounding their specific situation.
It’s hard to fathom what it’s like to lead a country being bombed on a nightly basis like Churchill or finding a way to stay positive when you’re facing a seemingly dominant adversary with a dwindling force and no money to pay new recruits like Washington.
These situations only magnify the importance of great leadership, which makes them all the more useful for us to learn from.
Recently, I finished reading Call Sign Chaos by four-star General James Mattis and Bing West. The book traces Mattis’ 44-year career through the Marine Corps and the various leadership lessons he learned along the way. Outside of the direct experience he gained leading millions of troops in battle, Mattis is a voracious student of military history.
When someone with this much experience offers to share their knowledge, it’s not a bad idea to listen!
Mattis continually referred to the “Listen, learn, and help. Then, lead” leadership style attributed to George Washington. This approach provides a helpful contrast against the typical power-hungryContinue reading