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"You’re not only a leader, you are a leader of leaders."

by Inspector Gadget May 22, 2015

A Higher Standard800-CEO-READ invited America's first four-star female general, Ann Dunwoody, to talk leadership and her book.

A wonderful attitude to your work. Here's 3 points to take from the interview:

1. There is no 'cookie cutter, one-size-fits-all solution'

Despite first impressions of the army, Ann's leadership style encompasses not only discipline and codes, but empathy, understanding; the human element:

"With a baseline of treating everyone with dignity and respect, leaders need the ability, the instincts if you will, to act accordingly to individual situations. Leadership really does involve the ability to assess individual situations and challenges with the appropriate response."

2. 'Never walk by a mistake, or you just set a new lower standard'.

"We are a self-policing organization. By correcting mistakes, others notice and see that it is not only okay to make a correction, but that it is our responsibility to make sure we make on-the-spot corrections."

3. 'Recognize the enemy within and confront it'.

"One of the greatest gifts a person can have is the ability to make an honest and accurate self-assessment - awareness of who they are and their individual strengths and weaknesses."

Looking within can help you achieve the strong empathy to help others. As the quote in the title says, real leaders are inspiring other people to attain fruition, and lead in their own way.

Here's the full Q+A with Ann.