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Decentralized Command : Gettysburg

In today’s episode of Leadership Lessons in History, we’re going to talk about decentralized command. This is a concept that is really hard for people, that don’t have actual military experience, to understand because oftentimes we think of military leadership as simply just ordering people to do things, robots carrying out those orders without any ability to question those orders. The reality is, the best, most effective units in the military, just like the best teams out there, employ decentralized command. What decentralized command means is that everybody leads. Everybody leads. Everybody understands the overall goal, and the purpose, and the end state that we’re trying to achieve. They’re able to step up and lead, and overcome obstacles, and make decisions, and make things happen to move the team forward in a positive direction toward that overarching goal. That’s the power of decentralized command. One great example of that is the Battle of Gettysburg.

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You May Be Wrong

You May Be Wrong

For any disagreement with others, you must first consider that you might be wrong. Whether it’s a family member, a team member at work, or our boss, when we disagree on something or don’t seem aligned, you need to start with humility. This requires detachment. It requires keeping your ego in check.

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The Indirect Approach: How To Influence Others

The indirect approach simply means, taking actions that allow another person to reveal the truth to themselves rather than trying to force someone to see the truth. It means, instead of confrontation, ask earnest questions. It may not seem like it, but this is actually the shortest route to leading successfully and influencing others for the good of the team and the mission.

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Bad Boss? Frustrated? Whether you have a micromanaging boss, a weak or indecisive boss, a self-promoter or an egomaniac, these common leadership challenges can leave you feeling powerless. Read this and learn how to succeed, despite your bad boss. Click here.

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How To Work With Difficult Personalities

Leadership is about dealing with people. And everyone is different. One of the most challenging aspects of leadership is learning how to work with different personality types. While there are general categories, such as introvert or extrovert, into which you can lump personality types, no two people are exactly the same.

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