Monday, November 26, 2012

What Great Leaders Have That Good Leaders Don't

By Navy SEAL combat veteran Brent Gleeson
co-founder and CMO at Internet Marketing Inc.
@brentgleeson

“My loyalty to Country and Team is beyond reproach.” -- Navy SEAL Creed

The difference between good and great leadership can be expressed in a single word: loyalty.

Navy SEAL candidate training. Coronado Island, San Diego, By Rennett Stowe
When you think of strong leaders, you probably think of people who are decisive, bold, confident, and fearless. You’re not wrong. Good leaders have all of these qualities. But how many good leaders are also loyal? I don’t know, but I know that every great leader is.

Loyalty is one of the core values taught in the Navy SEAL training program. Instructors teach you from the first day that your team is everything to you. You succeed with them, and you fail without them. And you never leave anyone behind.

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1 comment:

  1. Loyalty is essential to effecting change. Too often, people think of loyalty as something that goes up. The military is *awful* about this. But if you want folks to change, they need to see your loyalty to them so they can be unafraid to take the risks change often requires.

    If for some reason an opportunity to demonstrate (not just profess) loyalty doesn't arise, you might always create one by asking subordinates something they've done imperfectly --- then supporting their solution when they explain it.

    In my experience there are few things more effective in building independent, loyal leaders. Patton said that battles are won by people who take risks --- but people have to be comfortable (and competent!) taking them.

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