24 May 2013

Leadership Lessons

My son is in IDF Squad Commanders Course and is writing a paper on Leadership using Stephen E. Ambrose's Book Band of Brothers. Does anyone have any favorite leadership Lessons from the book?

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Dave said...

Every one of those paratroopers in the 101st knew what leadership was. No finer example existed than their own Major Richard Winters who set the standard for them all. That is why anyone of them who assault through the gates of hell if he was with them.

Leadership at the Point of the Bayonet
Ten Principles for Success
by Dick Winters

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.


It's been many years since I read that book - can't recall the details. These are my 3 rules of Leadership, developed when I was a squad leader in the 82d Airborne Division:

Cheers, Pete


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