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CHAPTER 2

What Do I Mean by “Leader”?

A leader … is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.

NELSON MANDELA, A LONG WALK TO FREEDOM

For 20 years, I’ve seen it done right, and I’ve seen it done wrong. In my active SEAL duty, I’ve mostly seen it done right.

A good leader gets it done—that is, he or she gets the team moving toward the strategic objective, whatever that might be. A good leader gets the team to follow, effortlessly and painlessly. The team members follow in rhythm, to get the right things done, without ...

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