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CHAPTER 6

Always On: Leadership in the Moment, Every Moment

Just prior to 9/11, when I was the Third Phase Training Officer at BUD/S, I worked for one of the best leaders I’ve ever known. He possessed all the traits that I spoke of in the last chapter: humble, human, genuine. He commanded what we call “the school house.” It’s our center for basic and advanced training. This is a major command (only a Navy Captain, one step below Admiral, can be in command). To protect his privacy, I’ll refer to him as Mr. Rick—normally I would call him “Sir,” not out of duty but out of respect for him as a great officer and leader.

As members of a relatively small ...

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