“I came to believe that a leader isn’t good because they’re right. They’re good because they’re willing to learn and to trust. This isn’t easy stuff. … And it isn’t always fair. You can get knocked down. And it hurts. And it leaves scars. But if you’re a leader, the people you’ve counted on will help you up. And if you’re a leader, the people who count on you need you on your feet.”- Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal
I keep telling our civil air patrol cadets that real leadership ain't easy, and it is more than you being able to tell people what to do, yell at them, and be in a position where they can't do it back at you.ReplyDelete
They don't like it, and if you keep an eye on them, eventually they wise up.
I trained horses before I went in the army, and my first tour in 'nam I used how I did that as a guide. I was lucky that I actually had examples of good leadership to draw from as well.
There was a British general in the far east, who, upon taking command issued the order that one would not, sleep, sit, eat, smoke, rest until the people under any commander addressed had done so. If they did and he found out, he would break them before their regiments. And I've read that he did, whether you were a lance corporal or brigadier.
Sheridan and Garibaldi were two good examples.