For most of her three-decade career in the Army, Lt. Gen. Mary Legere has been thrust into positions of leadership. To her credit, she was always willing to be a leader and mentor to the many men and women who have served under her command. As a leader, she knows that she has to inspire and motivate her teams to work to the best of their abilities. Based on her experiences, we can learn a few traits that good leaders should embody if they are to inspire positive change
Being a leader calls on you to be committed to the work ahead. Committed leaders have made a conscious decision to accept the role and work towards making the opportunity count. You have to desire to be the best if you are going to take on a role that pushes others to succeed.
Leaders require feedback from their peers, colleagues and subordinates if they are to learn from the experience. No leader is going to be perfect, and it’s only those that are open to (constructive) feedback who get to improve. Sometimes feedback can be negative, at which point it helps to have thick skin.
How you approach adversity as a leader is more crucial than the challenge itself. Your team will feed off the attitude you show during trying times. If you embrace a positive attitude and seek to learn from mistakes, you make everyone else see challenges as building blocks.
LTG Mary Legere has achieved quite a lot in her 33-year career in the military. She is currently the 4th female Three Star General in the U.S. Army’s 240-year history.
Read the article to know more: LTG Mary Legere – The United States Army