Leadership at the point of a bayonet

By: Major Richard “Dick” Winters with Colonel Cole Kingseed
Berkley Caliber Publishing Group,New York

Ten Principles for Success

1. Strive to be a leader of character, competence, and courage.

2. Lead from the front. Say, “Follow me!” and then lead the way.

3. Stay in top physical shape–physical stamina is the root of mental toughness.

4. Develop your team. If you know your people, are fair in setting realistic goals and expectations, and lead by example, you will develop teamwork.

5. Delegate responsibility to your subordinates and let them do their job. You can’t do a good job if you don’t have a chance to use your imagination and creativity.

6. Anticipate problems and prepare to overcome obstacles. Don’t wait until you get to the top of the ridge and then make up your mind.

7. Remain humble. Don’t worry about who receives the credit. Never let power or authority go to your head.

8. Take a moment of self-reflection. Look at yourself in the mirror every night and ask yourself if you did your best.

9. True satisfaction comes from getting the job done. They key to a successful leader is to earn respect–not because of rank or position, but because you are a leader of character.

10. Hang Tough!–Never, ever, give up

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8 Responses to Leadership at the point of a bayonet

  1. MOG says:

    As one of my team used to say, the leader is the first one to run into the burning building, he doesn’t send in his team and watch from the sidelines.

  2. Sammi Law says:

    Good solid advice. May those that are receptive, find them and put them into action over a long period of time. Well, you know, long enough that they become a habit.

  3. Definitely a good list of advice to follow. I couldn’t help but think of the recent ship accident and that captains response compared to some of these – he certainly wasn’t leading from the front!

  4. Very nicely said keep up the good work- and thanks for following me on twitter

    Take Care Sandy
    Sandy Metcalf
    Attraction Marketing for MLMers Consultant

  5. DreddCNC says:

    Great post. I sent it out to my men.

  6. Johan Burger says:

    Being an ex-Army officer myself, I can relate a lot to the article. There are too many caricatures about military leadership. Too frequently the bad casevstudies are highlighted. Thanks for a positive view (and realistic one)!

  7. Great post. Leaders should inspire the people they lead!

  8. Leadertank says:

    Great post. I am still currently serving and found that my military knowledge and experience translates well across many platforms if used correctly. The things that our men and women learn while in uniform are immeasurable and should be a positive influence. Have a great day everyone.

    Visit http://leadertank.com/ and connect with me

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