Originally published in Inc.
Take a Deep Dive, Christopher Molaro, Field Artillery Officer, US Army; CEO NeuroFlow.
One of our biggest values is open communication and respectful, yet critical and constructive, dissent. I'm not the bioengineer; I'm not the software engineer, nor am I the neuroscientist. These people were brought onto the team for their value-add, opinions, perspectives and expertise. They're also valued members of the team, and if something is not going well for them, whether personally or in the broader context of the company, I want to hear about it. Even if it may be uncomfortable. I need to determine the underlying problem in order to fix the larger one.
Leaders Eat Last (LEL,) Preston Forchion, CEO of The Comprehensive Accident Reconstruction Specialists, Field Artillery, US Army.
I learned this "military must" as a new second lieutenant in the Air Defense Artillery. After leaving the military, I continued to serve my community in a law enforcement capacity and held tight to the LEL mantra. I make sure the men and women in my charge receive any benefits before I get mine. I also ensure they make it home safely before I turn off the lights.
Do Pushups Together, Joe Witte, Transportation Officer, US Army; Executive Director, Bunker Labs PHL
A great way to lead by example is to get down and do pushups with the person who is being corrected for committing an error. This sends a clear message to everyone that it's a team effort and that you're willing to endure the same "punishment" as what's being doled out. And when you are done? Hop up, give them a high five and encourage them to do better next time. Now, that may not fly in every office, but find some other way to do what the team does when they need to buck up. It's a great way to keep everyone on their toes and accountable.
Lead by Waiting, Jeremy Mock, Supply Officer, US Navy and USMC; CEO EGA Associates, LLC.
Military discipline and experience helped focus my passion and drive by equipping me with the tools needed to look at the entire business field and sit patiently until the timing is right. You might say I lead by waiting. It's critical to understand your business and have the patience to explore the entire environment in order to find the most opportune time and place to jump into the fight.