Balance risk and opportunity to retain the initiative
Build agile, effective, high performing teams
Empower subordinates and underwrite risk
Develop bold, adaptive, and broadened leaders
Communicate-up, down, and laterally; tell the story
Leadership is influencing people—by providing purpose, direction and motivation—while operating to accomplish the mission and improving the organization. Influencing means getting people to do what you want them to do. Through your words and example, you must communicate purpose, direction and motivation. Purpose gives Soldiers a reason to do things. You must earn their trust and they know from experience that you care about them. Soldiers want direction. They want to be given challenging tasks, training in how to accomplish them and the resources necessary to do them well. Motivation gives subordinates the will to do everything they can to accomplish a mission. Motivate your Soldiers by giving them missions that are challenging. Leaders motivate their Soldiers by the examples they set. The best leaders lead from the front. It is important to be where the action is.