Thursday, August 8, 2013
Today, O5 command in the Information Warfare community offers about 100 weeks for a Commanding Officer to show his/her EXTRAORDINARY leadership ability. 100 weeks pass in a flash. Being an extraordinary Commanding Officer is a purposeful choice. The decision to be extraordinary has to be made long before one assumes command, otherwise it is too late.
From Seth Godin we know there are two key elements in the choice to be extraordinary:
1. Skill. The skill to understand the domain, to do the work, to communicate, to lead, to master all of the details necessary to make your promise of servant leadership come true. All of which is difficult, but insufficient, because none of it matters if you don't have...
2. Care. The passion to see your vision through. The willingness to find a different route when the first one doesn't work. The certainty that in fact, there is a way, and you care enough to find it. Amazingly, this is a choice, not something you need to get certified in. It's often been said that Sailors don't care how much you know; they want to know how much you care. Care enough to be extraordinary. Our Sailors deserve it.