Articles about leadership lessons from the military are limitless. As you might know, I an Air Force veteran. These are three of the lessons I learned.
- Take care of your people, truly.
I am the daughter of an enlisted man. When I received my commission, he was the first to salute me and I could feel the pride oozing out of him. But he also advised me, “the enlisted will always know more than you, make sure you listen to them.”
- “Flexibility is the key to airpower.” -Italian airpower strategist, Gen. Giulio Douhet
For instance, at Freedom Makers, we have a core team of four people. Two, for outside reasons, ended up leaving at the same time. That could have had a major impact on operations and on our culture. But we were able to adapt and be flexible with the changes of bringing on new personalities and workstyles.
- Mission first
In order to put the mission first, your people must know what the mission is and what their role is in accomplishing that mission. Your job as a leader is to make sure they know these two things clearly. When people know their role in the mission, they have the flexibility to respond to challenges and know you are there for them.