Over the past couple of years I have been researching various topics associated with leadership. During this same time, I have been ask to keynote, coach, and mentor a number of Vets transitioning to business as well as various Vetrepreneurs. My message is always the same – “I know this is a difficult and uncertain time, but trust me the skills and lessons you learned in the military will translate quite well in the civilian world.”
So I am sharing this set of articles I have been curating and boldly state the following – this is THE MOST comprehensive collection of articles on leadership and business based upon military service. They come from a variety of authoritative sources including Harvard Business Review, WSJ, Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur, and NY Times, among others. I know it is a bit long for one sitting, so please copy or bookmark the url and come back early and often to review the list and read another article from time to time.
If you are a transitioning Vet – read 5 of these a day until you are done. Read and reflect. Take notes. These articles will provide you valuable insight and a better understanding of:
A. How well your experience will translate.
B. What are those specific traits and experiences.
C. How to communicate those skills and characteristics in a job interview.
If you know of some good articles that are missing from below – let me know. I will add them.
Leadership Lessons From The Military (Harvard Business Review Spotlight Article Collection)
- Leadership and teamwork skills: Veterans typically have led colleagues, accepted direction from others and operated as part of a small team.
- Character: Veterans are perceived as being trustworthy, dependable, drug-free and having a strong work ethic.
- Structure and discipline: Companies appreciate veterans’ experience in following established procedures.
- Expertise: Companies value veterans’ occupational skills, job-specific experiences and understanding of the military community.
- Dynamic environment: Veterans are accustomed to performing and making decisions in dynamic, rapidly changing circumstances.
- Effectiveness: Company representatives report that veterans “get it done.”
- Proven success: Some organizations hire veterans largely because other vets already in their organization have been successful.
- Resiliency: Veterans are accustomed to working in difficult environments, traveling and relocating.
- Loyalty. Veterans are committed to the organizations they work for, which can translate into longer tenure.
- Public relations value: Some companies have found that hiring vets has marketing benefits.
11 Principles of Leadership (from US Army Manual 1948)
Leadership Lessons from the Marine Corps by Patrick Lefler
Government programs that aim to help veterans strike out on their own
military veterans are increasingly turning to entrepreneurship. Here’s a look at their battle plans
New programs help veterans harness their unique skills
You may think you know what tough is, but these three vets can tell you a few stories
By the Numbers: U.S. Veteran-Owned Businesses (Infographic)
How one military man’s experience prepared him for the entrepreneurial life.
West Point grad Meghan Florkowski runs an affordable program that trains female veterans for entrepreneurial life.
Discipline, training and organization can be tapped for financial victory.
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Great Leadership Isn’t About You – John Michel
“Leadership is deliberate: You don’t accidentally have successful teams”
The U.S. military’s elite training programs offer a model for the strategic deployment of human capital and for building effective teams.
- Combat Leader to Corporate Leader: 20 Lessons to Advance Your Civilian Career
- Battlefield to Business Success: Applying Military Leadership and Skills in Your Career
The Art of Modern Leadership (video)
In a lecture for Stanford Business School, retired General Stanley McChrystal looks at lessons from recent American history and explains how anyone can become a stronger, more forward-thinking leader.
Taking tactics from the war room to the boardroom
10 Inspirational Quotes from Navy SEALS Training (via Entrepreneur)
My favorite: “We’re Not Going to Stop Until We Get at Least One Quitter”
The 7 Secret Habits of Navy SEALs (via Inc)
Navy SEAL Lessons For Operating Successfully As A Team (via Fast Company)
via @HuffingtonPost @AdamMGrant
via @forbes @leadstar
In honor of the Army’s 239th birthday, here are some of the top leadership lessons I learned from serving in and reporting on the United States Army.
Author of “Good to Great” went to West Point to teach leadership. Instead, he was the one who got schooled.
J&J Chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky, West Point Class of 1982, discusses his leadership style, approach to decision making and common leadership myths
- Tom Deierlein
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