Tuesday, October 5, 2010
The leader you become is based on the choices you make
“When it is all said and done, the kind of leader you become is up to you, based on the choices you make.” Robert Gates urged future officers to make a conscious choice to lead “with common decency and respect for your subordinates.” It’s a leadership quality “so basic and simple that too often it’s forgotten.”
"It’s tough to stick your neck out to do what’s right rather than what’s easy, convenient or popular. The hardest thing is to stand alone among your peers and senior officers,” he said, a pressure he warned will only get greater as they advance in rank.
“I think it’s very dangerous to surround yourself with people who tell you what a wonderful person you are,” he said. “I have seen too many people go down that road, and it’s disastrous.”