I’ve recently been re-reading Jocko Willinks book “Leadership Strategy & Tactics” and was reminded of some combat leadership takeaways which applies to you, our team, company and mission.
Please read 2x times over!
Cover and move. This principle applies to teamwork. Ultimately no one can do everything alone. A team works together towards a common mission against a common opponent. Teamwork is everything on the battlefield of life and business.
Keep it simple. Complexity is the enemy of execution. Why is Apple so successful? Very elegant but simple technology. Same applies to the game plan. Simplify whenever possible to ensure execution remains strong.
Detach. As a leader, you must detach from the situation by removing emotion and to gain perspective. This is very challenging and why emotional intelligence is extremely important in strong leadership, although in short supply. The best leaders can take a step back and review any situation objectively.
Prioritize and Execute. As a leader, there’s an endless amount of tasks any organization needs to execute. As if you are not progressing forward, you are dying. But to overcome “analysis by paralysis”, review your tasks. Prioritize which are most important. Start with the most important and begin executing. Take a deep breath, then rinse and repeat. Highly effective although easier said than done.