How Do 4-Star Generals Create Amazing Teams?

by blogadmin 15. March 2018 02:26

Our U.S. military is known for generating extrordinary leaders through values, team work, and communication. What methods can we glean from these principles ot make our own teams stronger? How can we create high-performing leaders that work together?

Retired General Ann E. Dunwoody is the first woman in the U.S. military to have achieved the rank of 4-star general, which she received in 2008 as a member of the U.S. Army. In her last assignment, she led the largest global logistics command in the Army: over 69,000 military and civilian personnel in over 140 countries with a budget of 60 billion dollars. Today, she leads and serves on the boards of several communications, logistics, and mentoring firms. Kevin Kruse of Forbes recently sat down with Gen. Dunwoody where she gave her best advice for leaders and how to hold people accountable. 

WHAT LEADERSHIP ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A MANAGER?

No matter what level you are, make every person on your team count. Everybody has something to contribute. And if you can bring the best out in each of your team members then you're going to have a great team, but that also requires you to reward good behavior. So, when you have those people who are exceeding the standards and doing a great job for your team, that you acknowledge that, that you pat them on the back, you shake their hand, you give them the t-shirt, you give them the bonus, whatever.

And, likewise, the harder part of that equation is when you have people that aren't meeting the standard, who are dragging the team down, you have to deal with them as well. Either corrective mentoring, counseling, or try to get them on board, or something to make sure they don't drag the team down.

And, I believe this, people want to be a part of a high performing organization. They want to make a difference, but they want to be appreciated. And so, when you recognize those people are going to get on that side of the team, they want to be part of those who are getting the handshake, no one wants to be told they are not doing well. So, in my experience, that's how you build high performing organizations from the smallest team to the highest level.

So, reward the good performance, take care of the ones not carrying their load, and you will create amazing teams. For more quality advice, read her latest book, A Higher Standard: Leadership Strategies from America's First Female 4-Star General.

Do You Display the 4 Facets of Self-Awareness?

by blogadmin 12. October 2017 04:35

Self-Awareness can be the most challenging to develop, but it can also serve as a foundation for strengthening your other leadership skills. How? Take a moment to learn more about 4 Sure-Fire Ways to Boost Self-Awareness. 

 

 
Personal Application:
 
How do you view experiences - good or bad? Do you repeatedly visit the experience to gain new insight - to make a change?
 
What qualities make you unique? How does that translate as a leader?
 
Do you provide a consistent experience in all circumstances and with each person? Why not? 

Influential Women

by blogadmin 4. March 2014 06:55
Today I had the privelege of speaking to the women of an international company about their role in the workplace.  What great fun and energy in this group!  Most of all I was reminded of the simple truth that women are wonderful at bringing compassion, courage, and passion to their work.  They make the team, their community, and their families better because of who they are and the giftedness they freely share.  I encourage other women to join in making this world the best it can be!  Get involved and and use your abilities to shape the future.

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