The military is known for being disciplined and fantastic leaders. Military experience also lends leadership skills and good business techniques to those in other industries. Many of the business world’s biggest names have a military background to stand on. Here are just a few of the leadership lessons to be learned from our men and women in the military.
1. Take pride in your looks.
No matter the industry you work in, it can really make an impact on your career if you dress for success. Dressing for the position you want and caring about your appearance will lead to you becoming noticed by management and you will move up the ladder. If you are sloppy with the way you dress, it shows you don’t truly want to be there or care about your work.
2. Don’t treat your people poorly.
If you treat the people under you poorly, you will not have a stable foundation. The people under you hold you up so you can be in the position you are in and if they do not like you, they won’t be watching out for you or listen to you and you will quickly fall.
3. Invest yourself into relationships.
Whatever industry you’re in, it is important to form strong bonds with the people around you. Whether you need someone to vouch for you or to look out for you, you have to be willing to do the same for them.
4. Listen to what your people have to say.
Remember you may not have the full idea of what is best for everyone if you do not hear what people have to say. If someone speaks up, be prepared to listen.
5. Be able to make a decision, even if you don’t have all the information.
You must always be able to make a clear decision even if you aren’t sure about every single detail. If you end up making an incorrect decision, roll with it and continue on, correcting it if you can. The strongest leader will stick to their decision.
6. Always have a thought out plan.
Anyone in the military will tell you that plan A never works, so they always start with plan B. Always have a backup plan in case things go wrong so you will never be caught in the rain without an umbrella. It is important to know your actions and know exactly how you are going to reach your goal.
7. Don’t be afraid to lead.
Some people say they want to be in charge but once they are there, they don’t want to step on anyone’s toes. If you are in command, know you are there for a reason and make the decisions you feel are best. It is important to take all things into consideration but in the end, you call the shots.
8. Know exactly what you’re asking of people.
If you haven’t done what you are asking of the people below you, don’t ask them to do it. If you would not do the exact same thing, then why would you ask them to do it? Treat your employees with respect and keep in mind what you would do in a situation if you were asked to do whatever you ask of them.
9. Always give 110%.
You must be committed to everything you do, no matter what it is. 100% isn’t good enough, if you want to be all, do all, you must give everything you have and then some. If you can’t commit to something that much, then why do it?
The military has good reason to be known for their leadership skills and we could learn quite a few things from these brave men and women.