Monday, November 15, 2010

Leadership

Words by Lieutenant General Hal Moore:

There are four principles in leaders conduct in battle. First is three strikes and you're not out. There's 2 things a leader can do, either contaminate his environment the unit with his attitude and actions or he can inspire confidence. He must be visible on the battlefield. He must be in the battle. Self-confident, positive attitude, must exhibit his determination to prevail no matter what the odds or how desperate the situation. Must have and display the will to win by his actions, his words, tone of his voice on the radio and face-to-face, his appearance, his demeanour, his countenance, The look in his eyes, he must remain calm and cool--no fear. He must ignore the noise, the dust, smoke, explosions, screams of the wounded, the yells--the dead laying around him, that is all normal. Must never give off any hint or evidence that he is uncertain of a positive outcome even in the most desperate situations. Again, the principle that must be driven into your head and your head's of your men is 3 strikes and you're not out.

And the corollary principle which is interactive with one is there is always one more thing that you can do to influence any situation in your favour, and after that one more thing, and after that one more thing, etc.

In battle, I periodically detach myself mentally for a few seconds from the noise, the screams of the wounded, the explosions, the yelling, the smoke and the dust and the intensity of it all and ask myself: what am I doing that I should not be doing and what I am not doing what I should be doing to influence the situation in my favour?

The third principle is when there's nothing wrong, there's nothing wrong except there's nothing wrong. That's exactly when a leader must be most deliberant.

Finally number four, trust your instincts. In critical, fast moving battlefield situations, instincts and intuition amount to an instant estimate of the situation. Your instincts are the product of your education, your reading, your personality, and your experience--trust your instincts. When seconds count, instincts and decisiveness come into play. In quick developing situations the leader must act fast impart confidence around him. He must not second-guess the decision--make it happen. In the process, he cannot stand slack-job when he is hit with the unexpected. He must face up to the facts, deal with it, and move on.

Inspirational words for team leaders on any project.

Good luck and have fun,
Jaime Bueza

Jaime Bueza is a software developer in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He has developed web applications for Nintendo, Starbucks, Electronic Arts, Ritchie Brothers, Kiwi Collections, Cox Communications and Microsoft. When he's not developing useful software that constantly evolves with business requirements, he's creating tutorial videos for aspiring front-end developers.
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