Saturday, August 29, 2009

Six Core Strategic Leadership Traits

In 1988, Donald H. Rumsfeld described six core traits he thought were necessary to be a successful strategic leader.
- Must be able to set priorities.
- Know the importance of selecting the right people for key jobs.
- Must lead by consent, not command (emphasizing his ability to persuade, not order).
- Have a moral compass.
- Have guts at important moments.
- Have a small gap between what he thinks of himself and what his subordinates think of him.

Photo is from November 2004 when I was the Secretary of Defense's Staff Director for the Detainee Task Force working issues related to the abuses at Abu Ghraib, Bagram and Guantanamo terrorist detention facilities.


Anonymous said...

Side by side asses !!

Anonymous said...

lmao ... wonder how long this will stand?

Anonymous said...

Looks like the ass on the left doesn't even read the comments. Laughing with you.

Anonymous said...

Hilarious. Kiss ass on the left, dumb ass on the right. I guess they don't know what they don't know.

Dave in Norfolk said...

Man up 'anonymous'. This looks like a photo-shopped picture anyway. Pretty lame.