Why do we value leadership when talk is cheap and action is fleeting?

If we can just all lead ourselves, why do we need managers, overseers, executives? Self-management is a hallmark of a millennials ability — self-management takes care of me, myself and I.

Even at the Naval Academy when I played college lacrosse and was training to become a Surface Warfare Officer, talking about leadership felt like taking a cold shower; it was unpleasant and did not enhance critical skills or build experience.

That mentality is the exact reason why leadership is so damn important. Self-Management is a critical to success at the individual level. With a clear focus and devoid of significant obstacles, self-managed individuals working in unison can accomplish a mission as a group.

Unfortunately, we do not operate in a perfect world. Barriers will arise in many forms — high level risk decisions, personnel clashes, systematic and regulatory changes — and challenge the function of a group. Adversity, no matter how small, is the starting line for great leaders. And self-preservation is not enough to drive team success.

The leader or collection of leaders can transform a group into a team. A concise vision, strong decision making, and proper execution management center on the mission first, but people always.

Leadership is only measured by the development of those around you. Leadership is not inherited. It is learned, practiced, and ritualized. It is not a soft skill, nor a skill that can be organically sprouted in the underbelly of individual. Great leaders leave behind trails of success and work to ultimately become indispensable before becoming replaceable. They demand excellence and expect to win. They leave a place better than they found it.

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This blog dissects successful and transformational millennial leaders that embody selflesss leadership. Our goal is to uncover tactics, methods, and secrets that we can use to become the leaders we aspire to be!

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