“Geronimo” – Leadership Strategies of an American Warrior….by Mike Leach
Making a Warrior: *DISCIPLINE *FORTITUDE *INDEPENDENCE *AUDACITY *PASSION *PERSEVERANCE *HONOR *RESOLVE *FLUIDITY *RESISTANCE *PATRIOTISM
1. No matter what happens to you, always have an acute awareness about yourself and your identity. Know who you are, no matter what others choose to call you.
2. Be utterly devoted to the people you love, especially family.
3. In battle, win convincingly.
4. Serve an apprenticeship to develop excellence and a useful set of skills.
5. Be physically better than others and take pride in your physical and mental well-being.
6. The best are those who know they are tougher than their competition.
7. Always have the right tools for the job and know how to use all of them precisely.
8. Have a purpose in everything you do.
9. Be smart and disciplined, and develop the ability to communicate.
10. Leaders plan, down to the smallest possible details.
11. Listen to the desires of your people.
12. Great performances are usually not the result of inspirational speeches—they are the result of great preparation. But it doesn’t hurt to be a powerful and impassioned orator who can work people into a frenzy.
13. As a leader, make sure your people know their jobs and do their jobs. Self-sufficiency is key.
14. Teams and individuals excel best at what they do most often, rather than constantly changing what they do.
15. Stay calm under pressure at all times, and those around you will be calm too.
16. It’s important to be more concerned with your character than your reputation.
17. Make no excuses. Foster Mentorship. Focus on Yourself and Your Abilities when Battling an Adversary. Take Calculated Risks. Learn from Loss or Failure—Don’t Be Discouraged. Diversify Your Skills—Make Yourself Needed.
18. Understanding each other is important to any mutually beneficial relationship.
19. Try cooperating first.
20. Great leaders do not hesitate when it’s time to act.
21. Be wary of “shape=shifters,” people who have divided allegiances.
22. Study the way your opponents think and the way they act. They often betray themselves.
23. Avoid dealing with people who have proven to be treacherous and dishonest.
24. Where there is no trust, there can never be any real relationship.
25. Know your adversary.
26. Honor and pay homage to the great leaders who have come before. Know their stories and what made them great.
27. Respect Everyone but Fear No One.
28. Outlast your competition. Stay prepared and focused.
29. Be consumed and passionate about what you are doing with your life. Think about it every day. Live it. It is fulfilling to be consumed with what you are doing. If you aren’t consumed by what you are doing, do something else.
30. Treat all people with dignity. You never know what skills or talents will emerge in someone.
31. Live, and fight for, your principles. People admire it and you’ll inspire them.
32. Communicate as quickly and efficiently as possible during a crisis or a challenge.
33. Have everyone know their roles and rely on them to perform these roles—this gives them the best chance for success.
34. Be instinctive and smart as a leader.
35. Have a clearly defined, simple plan that you can lead and others can execute—but make sure to have a few variations to offset the opposition.
EVERYTHING IS PREPARING YOU FOR SOMETHING ELSE.
37. To be a good leader you have to be a good teacher.
38. You should always be planning and strategizing, building and improving.
39. Fortune favors the bold.
40. As a leader, you must have patience and keep things stable.
41. Use the element of surprise.
42. You must deal with the circumstances you have, those right in front of you. To do this well, you have to stay committed to technique.
43. Use your Power to lengthen the day. Work harder, do more.
44. Have Ambition. Have a plan and a backup plan or exit strategy. Take Calculated Risks. Do What You Have to Do.
45. Don’t let what others think or say about you cloud your vision or your judgment. Leaders expose themselves to massive criticism, especially from the media. Remain true to your vision and judgment.
46. Be fearless and lead by example. There is a lot of risk in being a leader and directing others. Have faith in yourself and those battling with you.
47. Don’t Celebrate Too Soon; It Weakens You. Be Calm under Fire or Pressure, and You Will Keep the Rest of Your Group, Team, or Unit Calm. Learn from Your Mistakes.
48. Fight with a mountain at your back. Know your position relative to your opponent.
49. Effective leadership requires clear headedness and an even temper. These must be learned and nurtured, especially in crisis.
50. Listen to and believe your instincts.
51. A great leadership strategy is to show a fake plan to the opposition—and then not implement it. It keeps the opposition always off guard and off balance.
52. Suffer without complaint.
53. Change is inevitable. You must be ready for it and even anticipate it.
54. Don’t fall for flashy uniforms.
55. Innovation is someone doing things in a new and different way. Sometimes your adversary innovates. Learn from them too.
56. Don’t fall for bluffs, but be an expert at bluffing yourself.
57. Never make it easy on your opponent. Make them work for everything.
58. Learn to battle through life’s adversities with friends by your side.
59. Don’t drink and ride a horse.
60. If you sense a double cross while negotiating, don’t make the deal.
61. As a leader, gather as much intelligence as you can.
62. A good plan attacks as much of the opposition’s organization as possible. You want to put severe pressure on the opposition while using space and numbers(personnel) to your advantage.
63. Listen to your doctor (or shaman).
64. Use spies—everyone else does.
65. Compromise is sometimes the best option you have. But compromise wisely, and in your favor.
66. Be brilliant. Leave your adversaries scratching their heads, wondering how in the world you pulled that off.
67. As a leader, always negotiate better terms for your people, your unit, your team, or your family. Okay, and for yourself too.
68. As a leader, show deep loyalty to your people, and that loyalty will be returned.
69. Confuse your opponent as to the nature of your true intentions.
70. Observe the nuances of mannerisms, body language, and behavior of your adversaries. Study them, then act accordingly.
71. A good leader anticipates the opposition’s next move, but he remains focused on the goal at hand and his people’s own abilities.
72. Proper execution requires months and even years of practice and preparation.
73. Use small, specialized units to move fast.
74. Develop better systems and techniques than your adversaries.
75. Teach effective communication and coded language known only by your people.
76. Find ways to get your opponents to second-guess themselves. Wear your opponent out.
77. A good leader dictates the terms of engagement.
78. Never assume that your enemy or adversary thinks the same way you do.
79. Some cliché adages are actually true. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
80. Have the courage to do what others will not do.
81. Great leaders are almost always overachievers.
82. Take risks. Most great achievements throughout history are the result of taking a risk.
83. Improvisation is key. Don’t spend a lot of time thinking about what you don’t have. Think about the resources you DO have and how you can best use them.
84. As a leader, you have to think about all of the people, not just one. And certainly, not just yourself.
85. Make lasting commitments that are solid as rock.
86. Have purpose in everything you do.
87. Abraham Lincoln said, “No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.” He’s right.
88. It’s disappointing and discouraging, but some people have no intention of honoring their agreements. Don’t be one of these people.
89. Develop the innate ability to connect with people. It’s true that some people are born with it, but it can be practiced and developed.
90. Don’t make promises that you can’t keep.
91. Ask yourself this question every day: Why not me?
92. Always keep your opponent off balance.
93. Be interested in how things work and in everything that you don’t understand.
94. Be a great storyteller so that audiences hang on every word.
95. Be curious about everything.
96. Fight for the rights and future of your people—always, and to the end.
97. Use intimidation to your advantage, especially if you are bulletproof.
98. If you lead and act with honor and nobility, you should not fear the opinions of others.
99. Become a Legend. Acquire Battle Scars. Live Your Dreams—or Try To. NEVER GIVE UP!
Surrender to HIGHER POWER (GOD)