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SURVIVAL PRIMER; LEADERSHIP IN A CRISIS
« on: December 14, 2008, 10:40:13 PM »
SURVIVAL PRIMER; LEADERSHIP IN A CRISIS

Part 1.

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“You’ve got to have a cause. If you are not fighting for something that’s bigger than yourself, you’ll be just one more ambitious, opportunistic asshole who’s trying to claw his way to the top. Personal ambition may motivate you, but it’s not going to motivate anyone to follow you.” – Richard Marcinko

Crisis can invade our lives at any time.

When TSHTF and you face a tempest of potential hazards, recognize that it’s the leadership that emerges during those kinds of situations that often carries us all through.
I think that leadership and personal resolve create an effective counterbalance to crisis. Leadership gives us an actual chance to affect an outcome on our circumstances.

When you see actual leadership in action, it’s hard to deny its effects.

So, let’s look at leadership a little closer and see what we can do to bring out the leader in us all…

LEADERSHIP DEFINED (loosely)

Here’s the definition according to Webster online -

http://www.websters-online-dictionary.org/definition/leadership

Leadership

Noun
1. The activity of leading; "his leadership inspired the team".
2. The body of people who lead a group; "the national leadership adopted his plan".
3. The status of a leader; "they challenged his leadership of the union".
4. The ability to lead: "he believed that leadership can be taught".

Unless you are part of a formal grouping of some sort (Military/Law Enforcement/Business) leaders are not often designated, but arise when in the midst of a problem; so, “rising to the occasion” is a required trait of the leader when trouble comes in many survival and crisis situations.

Also, many organizations have manager, but rarely are those managers “Leaders.” It's easy to give directives, but hard to fill the role of a leader.

Survival in the midst of crisis requires that you be ready to step into the role of leadership when and where the moment arises - be ready to apply your wits and skills to better your situation and help those around you mitigate danger and create a solidarity of purpose driven to achieve any needed survival task.

Leaders seek to amass the required tactical leverage and effort needed to surmount the problems they encounter. This can be any combination of manpower, skills, assets, and the teamwork coupled to the leader's strategic vision that makes it all happen.

Leaders organize for success no matter the endeavor.

LEADERSHIP IS CULTIVATED

Leadership must be cultivated inside each one of us.

Leadership is never just granted or imbued. A leader influences others to accomplish the tasks needed to survive and prevail in any crisis scenario.

A leader- “leads by example.”

Here are just some of qualities that capture essence of leadership:

A leader -

•   Is task oriented and detail minded.
•   Has personal initiative and is a self-starter.
•   Is technically and tactically proficient.
•   Demonstrates sound, mature judgment.
•   Is committed to excellence; anything less is unacceptable.
•   Is a role model and mentor for other group members.
•   Performs needed tasks in a decisive and positive manner with exceptional results.
•   Is a team player that strives to maximize his group’s successes through developed procedures and the innovative use of the tools of organization.
•   Is unafraid of making decisions despite personal risks and outcomes.
•   Accepts all obstacles as challenges.
•   Leads by example and does not misuse authority.
•   Adopts a no excuse policy; seeks results, not just “best efforts.”

LEADERSHIP MODEL



What do you think?

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Re: SURVIVAL PRIMER; LEADERSHIP IN A CRISIS
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2008, 08:01:00 AM »
Great post. +1

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Re: SURVIVAL PRIMER; LEADERSHIP IN A CRISIS
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2008, 11:29:10 AM »
Here's another decent chart and addition to the thread...

swanson

Pretty self-explanatory model -

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Re: SURVIVAL PRIMER; LEADERSHIP IN A CRISIS
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2008, 11:45:59 AM »
Another great post Swanson!  I have found it so true in the business world that most managers are not leaders.  Also, when I try to cultivate leadership traits in my employees, it is very rare that they have a natural instinctive bent towards being a leader.  Those of us who are natural born leaders actually have trouble taking a back seat during even a minor crisis.  Thanks for the information!