The Birth of a Leadership Blog

Welcome to the Command Performance Leadership blog; a blog dedicated to the discussion of military and corporate leadership competencies, as well as principled values, virtues and wisdom, to guide military and business professionals to victory.  The ideas, opinions and contributions to this blog’s discussions are intended to tie experiences and knowledge from military leadership to its application in a corporate environment.

This blog is a companion to an online LinkedIn group I started called Command Performance – Military and Corporate Leadership.  When I started that LinkedIn group, my goal was to discuss the synergies between military and corporate leadership and management, and to attract people who come from both the military and civilian worlds to offer their experience and knowledge about fundamental leadership skills.  This blog will serve the same purpose, and will hopefully produce the same results.

Additionally, I have been eager to write a book about military leadership.  I am (slowly) working on a book called “Military Leadership – Concepts of Command (The Comprehensive Study of the Leadership of the United States Military).”  Ultimately, the blog and the book will coexist here, and the pages of the book will evolve.

I have become quite fascinated with the multidimensional subject of leadership, and especially military leadership.  As a veteran of the United States Navy, I have a great deal of respect for those who serve our military, and those who lead them.  Throughout history, men like Julius Caesar, Napoleon, George Washington, Ulysses S. Grant, Dwight D. Eisenhower, George S. Patton Jr., William “Bull” Halsey, Chester Nimitz, Douglas MacArthur, and more recently H. “Stormin’ Norman” Schwarzkopf, Tommy Franks and David Petraeus, have excelled at the profession of arms because of their leading by example.

With all of this as the foundation, here we are today opening this blog.  I am excited to get all of this started.  I sincerely hope that you join me for this journey into the study of leadership, and that you follow and contribute to this wide-ranging discussion.

I am pleased that you have visited my blog.  This blog is meant to be informative and interactive.  I invite you to share your comments on any of the posts.  Additionally, I would like to hear from you.  Let me know what leadership topics we should discuss.  Under the Connect tab, on the right side of the blog’s main page, you will find links to my LinkedIn profile; feel free to connect.  Also, a link to my email is there.  I welcome your direct input via email.

I sincerely hope that you find this blog to be educational and inspiring.  Thank you for your support, and I look forward to blogging with you.

Dale R. Wilson

Copyright © Dale R. Wilson

6 Responses to “The Birth of a Leadership Blog”

  1. DW,

    What is your main base for your book on leadership? Will it be a compilation of lessons learned from the authors mentioned above, rooted in your own experience, or based on topics discussed in your blog?

    I read the leadership books sold at the clothing sales on every military post and they effect the way I conduct business. You’re getting into serious business. -antiwasp

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    • The book will bring forth a historical perspective (as a background), the foundations of military leadership (values, virtues, principles), the academic road to becoming a leader in the military, becoming a leader of character, and many other aspects of military leadership. Primarily, it is to tie the synergies of military leadership to the civilian (or corporate) environments. At some point, I will post the “Contents” of my book in detail. I hope that you follow my blog in order to know when that post will appear…Thanks for commenting!!

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  2. I’m interested to see how you’ll be meshing the academic approach to leadership development with the unavoidable hands-on experience required to develop one’s moral authority and to become a leader of character. Allow me to say that I believe these to elements may work together; further I would submit that to be the most effective leader one must find a balance between the two. If my experience in the United States Army has shown me anything it is the separation between solely academic and solely experience based leaders. Rarely have I seen a successful merger but when you find that leader, nothing gets in the way of success.

    With that I say, I’m intrigued by your blog, your perspectives and your philosophies. From the looks of things so far we appear to be on the same page. What a wonderful discovery your blog has been and I wish you the best of luck and hope that we can learn from one another.

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    • Leadership is a continual learning element of all of our lives. From a military leadership perspective, my reference to ‘academics’ is to discuss the many ‘school house’ venues our military has to develop leadership fundamentals. Senior enlisted academies, war colleges, service academies, etc., present these opportunities. I am going to discuss (or, pave the road) from the academic march to its downrange application, while illustrating the parallels between military leadership and corporate/civilian leadership. As you see my blog evolve, it will all become much more clear and understandable.

      I am glad you discovered my blog, and hope that you will enjoy what will become of the discussions.

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  3. […] is my 50th published blog post, since the birth of this leadership blog on December 5th, 2011.  Not a very significant milestone, I admit, but one that I wanted to […]

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  4. […] look for topics that interest you.  For a quick-start to the blog, please read About the Blog and The Birth of a Leadership Blog to learn more about the premise and purpose of this blog.  And, I encourage you to look through […]

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