Here I would like to recount the ten leadership lessons I learned as a young Marine Corps officer during the Vietnam era. These lessons were reinforced in my careers as an FBI agent, as a faculty member and Associate Dean at the University of Virginia, and now as CEO of my own executive development company.
1. No one knows what they’re doing until they try.
At 22 years of age I flew into Vietnam, a country that I couldn’t find on a map without help, hearing a language I could not speak, and fighting a war I never understood until much later in my life. Along with my duties as an artillery forward observer, I inherited a platoon of marines whose job it was to set protective fire out beyond the advancing troops, which placed ...