The United States Marine Corps has a long standing legacy of producing some of the United States most renowned leaders. Since 1775, countless governors, senators, astronauts, athletes, entertainers, and business executives have served in this elite branch of the United States military.
The U.S. Marines are known and respected the world over for their leadership ability. How do they do it? What do they know that enables them to be such successful leaders on active duty and then in the civilian sector? Well, there are universal leadership principles that people respond to.
Our featured guest in this episode of Small Business Trends Radio is Wally Adamchik, Founder and President of FireStarter Speaking and Consulting. Wally reveals the essential characteristics that make up the foundation of successful leadership.
For instance, did you know that:
- Integrity – is the number one characteristic of a successful leader. You cannot portray integrity. Whether or not you have it must be decided by others based on your actions.
- Respect and trust – are second runners up. A successful leader has the respect and trust of his employees. But it is gained through respecting and trusting the employees first to earn it.
- If you have to yell — you are not a leader. You are shutting your employees and those around you out. They will not receive the message you intend for them to hear and they will not respect and trust you. Nor will they view you as a person of integrity.
- Leaders are born — and made. We all possess a certain amount of natural leadership abilities. We need to consciously apply our skills by studying and working at them. Do not focus on charisma when doing so, focus on passion and capabilities.
Wally has written a book titled: NO YELLING: The 9 Secrets of Marine Corps Leadership You Must Know to Win in Business. In this episode, Wally Adamchik shares the essential universal leadership characteristics used by the U.S. Marines to enable you to become the successful, natural born leader, you are capable of becoming.
Gain access to Wally’s insights by clicking the player below to listen to the full interview. Click here for more discussion in the forum.