Jason Gardner

Leadership INSTRUCTOR

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Jason Gardner

Leadership Instructor

Jason Gardner is a former U.S. Navy SEAL, combat leader, and now a leadership instructor and speaker with Echelon Front. Jason spent nearly three decades in the SEAL Teams with nine deployments across the globe. With experience operating in violent cities in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Jason has seen first-hand the power of the leadership lessons taught at Echelon Front. He brings perspective from every level of leadership from a front line SEAL sniper to the SEAL Team FIVE Command Master Chief .


Jason Gardner

INTRODUCTIONIn the competitive arena of business, where teams and individuals must choose daily what to prioritize and what actions to take, success hinges not only on strategic planning and execution but also on the powerful force of organizational culture. Culture, comprising the norms, behaviors, mindsets, attitudes, and relationships within an
Micromanagement—just the term is enough to make anyone cringe. It’s like being stuck in traffic when you’re already late—a frustrating experience that can leave you feeling utterly powerless. But let’s not just brush off micromanagement as an annoying quirk of some bosses; there’s a lot more to it than meets
Have you ever wondered about the real difference between leadership and management? People often throw these terms around like they’re the same thing, but they’re not. Today, I would like to discuss with you the nuances between these two concepts. We’re not going to just scratch the surface; we’ll dig
Being an Echelon Front instructor, I get asked a lot of common questions. A department head at a U.S. government agency approached me once and asked:  “Where do I start with decentralized command?”  The fourth Law of Combat, Decentralized Command is a situation where everyone leads. A leader defines the
Putting the mission first is simple. Check your ego. You may find yourself in a situation where all of your efforts are in support of another department, team, or person. Since you are supporting them, that means they will get the bulk of the credit for any successes they experience. You may find yourself resentful in some respect—after all, were it not for your hard work, they would likely not have achieved the success for which they are now getting the credit.
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) have been developed in the military so that commonly performed tasks can be completed in the safest and most efficient manner possible. The military has also developed SOPs to deal with contingencies. When a contingency occurs, training takes over and team members are able to perform under high stress situations like a firefight.