The Leadership Forge: The Impact of Mentors & Relationships on Success

Take a moment and think about a teacher, coach, or mentor that had a major positive impact on you.  Often the best mentors are those that do it out of love, a sense of duty, or the desire to give back.  The impact that a person has had is sometimes not realized until later in life.  Fellow Academy Leadership affiliate Michael Paczan tells this story about “one of the greatest…

High Priority: The Leader Gets a Haircut

Note: This post comes from Ed Rugerro at Academy Leadership. Sicily, July 1943 Captain Ed Sayre peeked over the edge of the trench and down the hill, where the German infantry had disappeared into a grove of trees to prepare a counter-attack. Sayre’s eighty exhausted and foot-sore GIs had just pushed the enemy off one of the sun-blasted ridges that march across southern Sicily like inland waves, but the Germans…

3-Step Business Crisis Management for Leaders [infographic]

I’m reflecting this week on what I learned about crisis management from a particularly experienced instructor pilot in the Air Force helicopter rescue unit were we were both assigned. He said that, in an emergency, the first thing to do is “hack the clock.” I wrote about this in August – but today I’m revisiting the topic and offering an infographic to glance at when you’re under pressure. Note: A little…

10 Tips for Effective Communication

Are you an effective communicator? Communication is one of the most important aspects of leadership. Effective leaders communicate in a concise, professional manner. Few people have the time or patience for long drawn-out communication. That doesn’t mean all good communication is short or that you should leave out important details. Just omit what’s not important and doesn’t support your point. Everyone appreciates brevity. Professional communication means sticking to the subject…

Civilian or military, leadership rests on the same basics

A good leader doesn’t have to bark orders to get good work from their team There was a time when most business executives had previous service in the military. Broadly speaking, that was good news for their companies. A study by the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University found that firms run by CEOs with military experience
 perform better than those run by CEOs without military experience. But with…