Most of us have come to understand that leadership is about character, not characteristics. We know what our values are and sometimes struggle to stay true to those values when we see that our seniors continue to progress while not demonstrating that same strict adherence to our Navy core values.
Some in our community have found strength in maintaining their 'true North' by creating something they have called their personal "Board of Directors" (BoD). Entrepreneur Bill George has a decent book out called TRUE NORTH GROUPS. He knows that, with the challenges we face these days, we require additional help to stay on track. We cannot rely on just ourselves or our commands to help us stay on track. We need Shipmates in 'our circle of trust' with whom we can have in-depth discussions and share intimately about the most cherished things in our lives and careers while we serve our country around the world.
Whatever you choose to call it, you need to have Shipmates you can count on in the toughest of times - the people who will follow-through on things 'because they said they would.'
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