Saturday, April 29, 2017

LtGen Wissler Leadership Lessons 170429

US Marine LtGen. Wissler is a man I look up to and a leader of Marines. 

When I was in Iraq, I had the privilege to provide briefings to him on a daily basis.  He was always very thorough in his comments and questions following our briefings.  We knew right where we stood and how we could improve our position with him. 

He would go on key leader engagements on a regular basis and provide us what he could from the meetings, many times updating our briefings with newly gleaned information. 

Later on in our careers, he would move on to be a Deputy Commandant and I would be recognized as a member of the National Military Family Association's Marine Corps' Family of the Year in 2010.  He would represent the Commandant in presenting us the award.  In so doing, he took the time to mentor us and just poor into our lives a little bit. 

He is a very wise and experienced leader. 

As we are both getting set to move on, I had an opportunity to receive 15 leadership lessons from him.  I won't editorialize on here; everyone could learn from the application from the below just as they are. 

1.  Treat everyone with dignity and respect.
2.  Provide environment to excel.
3.  Be forthright, honest and direct with everyone.
4.  Improve effectiveness to gain efficiency.
5.  Cherish your time and those of others.
6.  Find ways to make your organization better.
7.  Describe problems simply.
8.  Never stop learning.
9.  Encourage constructive criticism.
10.  Once you delegate a task, get out of the way and let your people do it.
11.  Make ethical standards more important than legal regulations.
12.  The team wins; it should not be about individual success.
13.  Emphasize capability versus organization.
14.  Find metrics to determine how well you are doing.
15.  Core functions equals balanced excellence.  Focus on the basics and what is truly important.

Semper Fi,

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