Leadership: My Military Heritage
Trevor, over at the blog Leadership Musings of a Skeptical Positivist is proud of his military heritage, and what the military has done to help lay his leadership foundation. The values of honor, courage and commitment are the cornerstones of that foundation, and he opens up in this post what those values mean to him, and to leadership in general.
Nestled amidst the swampy forests of Fort Benning, Georgia, the image of Iron Mike is a common site. No, not Mike Tyson. Rather, Iron Mike, the U.S. Army’s Infantry symbol and mascot. An advancing soldier, rifle clutched in one hand and his other arm raised above his head, beckoning others forward. The infantry motto….Follow Me!
It’s this image that inspired a nineteen year old Army Private in the early 90s, not only for its romantic visage of honor and courage, but for the message it held up as the standard for leadership.
Half a decade later, it was the Navy’s touted values of Honor, Courage, Commitment that helped round out my vision of what leadership means. It’s a combination of all these that defines the highest quality of leadership to me.
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