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Seven Keys to Successful Leadership

Combat-tested principles can help corporations.

The principles used by successful leaders apply at all levels, from newly hired managers to CEOs. In the Army, the same skills apply from private to general. The leadership principles taught to Army Rangers can also be used in corporate America.

Just as undisciplined soldiers fall in combat, soft leaders and their teams fall apart in times of crisis. Savvy leaders know the value of using the leadership basics that have been tested by our nation’s warriors in the most severe conditions. The acronym “LDRSHIP” helps both Rangers and corporate leaders remember the essentials that make units strong no matter how rough it gets.

Loyalty-Are you loyal to both management and employees, and do you have the unswerving allegiance of all team members?

Duty-Do you provide more than is expected, and do your people reflect this attitude in their work?

Respect-Do you expect the best of everyone while treating them with courtesy, honor and trust? Do you have the respect of subordinates, peers and senior management?

Selfless Service-Do you put the interests of others and the company ahead of your own? Do all team members do the same?

Honor-Can you say that you and your staff exhibit a keen sense of ethical conduct and principled character?

Integrity– Is integrity predominant among your priorities or has it been eroded by concession after concession? Do you see signs of high integrity among employees?

Personal Courage– Do you have the courage to do the right thing, regardless of circumstances or consequences? Can the same be said of everyone in your company- from janitor to CEO?

Weaknesses create bickering, quality problems, lowered productivity, uncertain reliability of individuals and lower profits. Managers or employees who are weak in any of these areas create big problems when you run into a soft economy, heavy competition, operational difficulties or major opportunities.

When afforded the opportunity and asked specific questions about these leadership essentials, employees are often very candid. An impromptu survey or discussion of these topics will reveal your own strengths and weaknesses. Ask for examples so you can build on employee remarks. Be ready for some big surprises about what people think of the leadership in your organization!

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Dale Collie Meet the Author
Dale Collie is president of Courage Builders in Charlotte, NC. Collie served as an Army Ranger and commanded troops in Vietnam and Europe. He also served as a professor at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. Collie is also the author of Winning Under Fire.


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