Leadership isn’t about power. It’s a set of teachable skills that combine grit and empathy, and having the courage to model openness and vulnerability.
Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people—at work, at school, at home. It's wrong. As Daniel H. Pink explains in his paradigm-shattering book Drive, the secret to high performance is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.
Take it from two former Navy SEALs, leaders — whether in business or on the battlefield — are responsible for everything, and everyone, under their command. It comes down to being disciplined, decisive and believing in a common mission.
People follow the leader. When leaders prioritize profits and lay off the weakest performers, insecurity and in-fighting results. But when leaders prioritize employees and take care of their people, the numbers take care of themselves.
It is not what a leader knows that determines the success of an organization, but rather how well that leader can identify, nurture and multiply what team members know.
What makes for a successful team culture? From the NBA to Navy SEALs to startups, there’s a sense of “we’re in this together.” That spirit of collaboration and common mission comes from leaders who manage well, treating team members with respect, care and authenticity.
There’s no formula for success or playbook for winning CEOs. Take it from a seasoned entrepreneur: It takes an ability to focus and make the best decision in bad times and a willingness to “embrace the struggle.”