10 Leadership Lessons From U.S. Commanding General John E. Michel by Vala Afshar at Huffington Post on 2 March 2014.
Another military-themed article on leadership, this one has cross-organizational lessons from Brigadier General John E. Michel as found in the book ‘Mediocre Me’:
- Be a strong leader (focus on people, smart risks and be willing to fail)
- Co-create and collaborate with individuals (helps remove the fear of failure)
- Include stakeholders throughout the process (keep people informed)
- The customer is the common ground (have everyone in the team focus on your customer – this will help break down silos and disputes)
- Demonstrate clear intent (provide an unambiguous expectation of what you expect from each of your followers)
- Use technology tied to metrics to enable transformation (you can’t improve what you don’t measure and be careful of scope creep)
- Break projects down into smaller components (the tasks aren’t as daunting, and you can start achieving early success, leading to future success)
- Push the boundaries of your potential (help your people become all that they can be)
- Be morally courageous (you have to be willing to make hard choices, even if they are unpopular)
- Invest in lifelong learning (this is where a shared responsibility lies between the person and the organization).