Leadership Rules from General Norman Schwarzkopf


General Norman Schwarzkopf.

General Norman Schwarzkopf. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

America lost a hero and a leader today. General Norman Schwarzkopf passed away. He was a leader who epitomized serve, lead, and succeed.

Despite being known for a hot temper, “Stormin’ Norman” was known for saying, “Leaders love their troops and let them know in many ways.”

I have heard that General Schwarzkopf often shared a story of an experience he had shortly after he had begun working in the Pentagon and his superior was preparing to leave for six weeks.

As his boss was heading out the door, General Schwarzkopf asked, “What am I supposed to do? I have not been here long enough to understand the entire goings on here. How should I conduct business in your absence”?

To this his superior simply responded, “Rule 13”.  “Very good, sir. Rule 13. No problem. OK, by the way, sir, Rule 13…if it is not too much trouble, what exactly is Rule 13”?

Rule #13

When placed in command, take charge. Even if the decision is bad, you have set change in motion. It is better than being stagnant. When placed in command, take charge

General Schwarzkopf’s went on to ask, “How do I to make my decisions? Should I consider what you might do? Should I take the counsel of anyone in particular”?

To this his superior responded, “Rule 14”.  “Rule 14, sir”?

Rule #14

Do what is right. It is a sign of character.Have strength of character – a prerequisite to having the courage to do the right thing. Do the right thing – have the moral courage to do the right thing.

He was recently quoted as saying, “I may have made my reputation as a general in the Army and I’m very proud of that,” he once told the AP. “But I’ve always felt that I was more than one-dimensional. I’d like to think I’m a caring human being. … It’s nice to feel that you have a purpose.”

General Norman Schwarzkopf served his country, he served his troops and he served his fellow human beings. That gave him the right to lead and others were eager to follow. That is a successful legacy.

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One response to “Leadership Rules from General Norman Schwarzkopf

  1. Good read and good advice, thanks!

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