Monday, August 11, 2008

Lt Gen Lorenz on Leadership

While cleaning my room,
I cam across what was left of the ragged notebook I used to take notes at Field Training.
After leafing through it,
I realized the vast majority of the pages were useless.
Not only because they were so dirty and smudged you could barely read them,
But what little was readable,
Was just basic daily todo lists.
Nothing very useful outside of that environment.
But then,
I cam across one page,
With the big title "Lt Gen Lorenz on Leadership".
While we were there,
Gen Lorenz came to speak to us.
(Apparently He was promoted to General just a few weeks afterwards)
Now,
I've seen a handful of general speak before,
Probably a good deal more than most people in my position,
And this had to be one of the best I've seen.
Now,
This may be because they had me so brainwashed by that time,
But after looking over my notes,
I don't think that was the case.
He had what he called "Lorenz's 13 points of Leadership"
I thought they were useful,
Maybe someone else out there will too.

1. Learn to balance shortfalls, because you will never have enough time, money, or manpower.
2. Life is a marathon, not a sprint.
3. Keep your eye on the ball.
4. The toughest word to say is "Yes".
5. Always make you decisions in the light of day.
6. Don't lose your temper unless you plan too.
7. You have to be able to lead your people, get along with your peers, and manage your bosses.
8. Ego is the number one facilitator, and at the same time detriment, to mission accomplishment.
9. Never develop a sense of entitlement.
10.Apply overwhelming combat power at the point which it will have the most effect.
11. Everything about leadership is grounded in Integrity.
12. You never know when you're going to make a difference.
13. Being in the military is about service to others.

He ended with this quote.
"My deepest fear is that I'll look back on my life,
And wonder what I did with it."

Here are some links to articles he published on leadership in the Air & Space Power Journel
Summer 2005 Lorenz on Leadership
Spring 2008 Lorenz on Leadership Part 2

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