Books Slideshow: How to Lead Like a Military Commander

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 07-25-2012

Authoritative Voice

Avoid "We would like to." Say "We will." instead.

Authoritative Voice

Opening Lines

During a project, frequent but concise early conversations make for efficient work.

Opening Lines

Big Picture

Provide incentives for long-term projections as you do for short-term achievements.

Big Picture

Trust but Verify

Every briefing can also serve as an opportunity to check in.

Trust but Verify

Appetite for Risk

Don't foster a no-mistakes mentality if it means not achieving excellence.

Appetite for Risk

Room to Succeed

It's not enough to give people goals. They need freedom to find winning ways to achieve them.

Room to Succeed

Net Gain

Make sure decisions are made to gain positive outcomes, not to avoid negative ones.

Net Gain

Cleaning House

Don't simply seek to increase efficiency, eliminate processes that don't add value.

Cleaning House

A Few Good Men

Embrace effectiveness instead of obedience. Welcome questions.

A Few Good Men

Virtual Classroom

Be a mentor who learns as well as instructs.

Virtual Classroom

Ship Shape

Realize your legacy depends as much upon how things run after you leave as while you're there.

Ship Shape