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Core Leadership Values (Part 7): Personal Courage

One of the Army's core leadership values is to demonstrate personal courage, both physically and morally. When I was a major with more than 12 years in the Army, I was observing more of the “politics” than I had ever seen as a lieutenant or captain. Upon arrival at a...

Core Leadership Values (Part 6): Integrity

Integrity is one of the core leadership values the Army identified that should guide our actions. After months of buildup, overwhelming success, and in my mind coming within striking distance of eradicating an evil condemned by the United Nations, our...

Core Leadership Values (Part 5): Honor

Here’s a tale of two college students with their future on the line and a brief look at their very different responses in light our core leadership values. Specifically, I want to tell you about an experience I had while serving on a performance review board. Our...

Core Leadership Values (Part 4): Selfless Service

This is the fourth in my 7-part series that explores the Army leadership values, represented by the acronym LDRSHIP. For my previous three blogs, I was able to identify a colleague’s actions that stood out. In this case, I recall so many instances of selfless service...

Core Leadership Values (Part 3): Respect

Values are essential because they define your culture, they attract people who want to be a part of your cause (recruiting), and when they are lived, they provide inspired employees an environment in which they prefer to operate (retention), indefinitely. Throughout...

Core Leadership Values (Part 2): Duty

Throughout my career, the Army’s leadership values served as our guide. Values are essential because they define your culture. They attract people who want to be a part of your cause (recruiting), and when they are lived, they provide inspired employees an environment...

Core Leadership Values (Part 1): Loyalty

Every great organization has a unique bond that defines its culture. In the absence of instructions, members can turn to a set of values and beliefs that guide his or her actions. Throughout my career, the Army’s leadership values served as our guide and defined our...

How to Lead and Succeed with Your Values and Beliefs

Leadership character, the third part in the Army’s BE-KNOW-DO trilogy, is extremely important for effective leadership. Nothing destroys morale or undermines trust quicker than failure to uphold values. If you want to attract the best people, and the right people,...

It’s About Courage: How to Exercise Leadership Intelligence

I addressed leadership presence in my last blog, the first part of the Army’s BE-KNOW-DO motto. The second part, KNOW, is about your conceptual abilities; leadership intelligence. Once again, in the Army we learned of five components affecting leadership intelligence...

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