“Five lessons about leadership learned as a sergeant in IDF

Great insights into true leadership from Dan Schoenbaum.  (my comments inside brackets)

  • “You have to earn it!” – [i.e. you can only become a true leader if you prove yourself worthy to lead, there’s no room for empty suits – a signum for a meritocracy]
  • “Teaming to take that hill” – [a great example of what Steve Denning refers to as “Mission Command” (asop to “Detailed Command”)]
  • “Leaders need to be generalists, not specialists” – [beware of the simple mind MBA’s who after 4 years in school “knows everything”]
  • “Get your hands dirty” – [if the troops are cold, crowded and hungry, so should the leader be – avoid the perks of 1st class life style]
  • “Get knocked down 5 times, get up 6” – [(occasional) failure should not only be accepted, but expected for learning and growth]

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