Dan CnossenUS Navy SEAL Lt Commander    |    7x Paralympic Medalist

August 1, 2020

The Four Principles of Leadership

Distinguish Leadership from Management Techniques

The starting point for a discussion of leadership principles....

August 12, 2020

Leadership Principle 1

Take Care of the Team

To call your organization, regardless of the enterprise, a team is to fundamentally rearrange the way you, as a leader, view your role. Many leaders want to feel in charge, in control, but I recommend taking a step back and viewing your organization...

August 12, 2020

Leadership Principle 2

Maintain a Positive Attitude

The second principle I want to focus on is maintaining a positive attitude. This concept applies for any leader, of any organization or team, in all situations. As an officer in the military, I learned how both positive and negative attitudes displayed by the leaders of a unit...

August 26, 2020

Leadership Principle 3

Master your Craft

To master your craft is to lead by example—to inspire those around you by your commitment to excellence and virtue. Too often, I think “leading by example” is dismissed in leadership circles. It’s taken for granted as the obvious thing leaders...

August 26, 2020

Leadership Principle 4

Delegate, Trust, Empower the Team

One surprising thing I learned as a platoon commander in the SEAL teams is that not knowing something can actually be a source of strength for a leader, rather than a weakness. Earlier in my career, as a new junior officer in the SEAL teams, I didn’t want to expose...