Essay

On Leadership Stories

As a 24-year veteran serving as the Commander of a US Army Corps of Engineers District, I am often asked about leadership development and how the Army helps people become better leaders. There are so many ways leaders are developed that there is rarely a short answer to these kinds of questions.

One common theme, though, is that the stories about leadership are often the most effective ways of helping people develop their own leadership philosophies. Us old Soldiers tend to tell a lot of stories, and the good ones seem to stick. Many of the stories you collect share lessons in values or ethics. Some stories are metaphors for today’s challenges. Some are just fun.

I have been informally collecting stories for a long time, and I thought it might be time to write some of them down.

This is my attempt to do just that.

My goal is to publish a new story or essay every two weeks. Please feel free to like, comment and/or follow if you like what you read here.

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