Today, in the U.S., it is Veteran’s Day. And I have several family members and close friends who have worn the uniform of the United States of America. Although it is not my intention to turn this dialog into one that is centered on the military. But, I would be remiss if I failed to reflect on the the subject of leadership while in the shadow of Veteran’s Day.
So, I will take as non-partisan approach as I possibly can and make it short and sweet as I reflect on leadership within the context of the military.
A colleague and very dear friend at work has a quote anchored in the signature block of every email that he sends. It is a quote by General George S. Patton. That quote is this:
I plan to spend a great deal of time in the coming days dealing with many aspects of leadership. But, I don’t ever want to lose sight of the fact that sometimes as a leader we must stand back and let our “troops” do what they have been trained to do or what they can figure out using their God-given talents and abilities. This may sound a little laissez-faire or soft to you. I don’t think anyone would ever confuse “Old Blood and Guts” with someone who was soft. So, if he was willing to adopt this approach from time to time, then there must be a leadership principle in there somewhere.
Don’t you think?