Misinterpreted

People in leadership positions, whether earned or wanted … or not, are always communicating. Their words, their actions and reactions, their body language, their clothing…everything presented in public is seen and interpreted. So it’s imperative to be intentional about what is communicated.

Otherwise, positive or negative, people will hear (or see) what was communicated as what was meant.

“Be impeccable with your word.” ~ Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements

Inhale Intentionality, Exhale Duplicity…
Inhale Accuracy, Exhale Dishonesty…
Inhale Responsibility, Exhale Deception…
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In Charge

On the plane ride back from FL, where I witnessed a wife/mother/leader take command, I was able to watch (while flying…love technology!) another wife/mother/leader and G.O.A.T., Serena Williams, win her semi-final match at Wimbledon.

Despite all the regressive political language, racist actions by neighbors all over the U.S., and attempts by states to roll back hard fought gains, these women and others, on stages national and local, are showing what mature, calm, compassionate, grown-up leadership looks like.

And I am here for it.

Inhale Calm, Exhale Impetuous…
Inhale Mature, Exhale Childish…
Inhale Compassionate, Exhale Uncaring…
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In Command

This week, I was able to witness a stellar Air Force officer take command for the first time. This officer has done everything required to earn command, to include deployments and high profile assignments at the Air Force major command level.

The new commander replaced another superb officer who led the unit to Air Force wide recognition, earning personal recognition and awards along the way.

The fact that both the incoming and outgoing commanders are women with families should not be and may not be newsworthy to you. But I needed to make note of these women who have refused to sacrifice aspects of their personal life (marriage, kids, etc.) to achieve professional success. Bravo!

Inhale Calling, Exhale Ignoring…
Inhale Capability, Exhale Gender Bias…
Inhale The Life You Want, Exhale Societal Expectations…
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Rule of Law

As rich as the current administration’s antics are for mining leadership lessons on what NOT to do, I find too much of the negativity is corrosive to my soul. So I’m currently on a sabbatical from the news.

Or at least I was until #45 declared himself above the law.

“When the President does it, that means that it’s not illegal.” ~ Richard M. Nixon, the only U.S. president to resign to avoid impeachment and removal from office

“Rule of law implies that every person is subject to the law, including people who are lawmakers, law enforcement officials, and judges. In this sense, it stands in contrast to an autocracy, dictatorship, or oligarchy where the rulers are held above the law.” ~ Wikipedia

Inhale Law Abiding, Exhale Anarchy…
Inhale Decency, Exhale Corruption…
Inhale Democracy, Exhale Autocracy…
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Take Over

I didn’t watch but the stats show that King LeBron James reigned supreme against the Indiana Pacers; in fact, none of the Cleveland Cavaliers supporting cast scored more than 20 points in the series.

I wondered, not for the first time, what happens when the alpha leader takes over? Does that take all the pressure off the rest of the team? Will they hold themselves accountable?

Inhale Own, Exhale Take Over…
Inhale Be Responsible, Exhale De-Incentivize…
Inhale Motivate, Exhale Undermine…
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Leadership Diet

Our guts are actually like a second brain, not capable of thought or decision but connected to, influencing and being influenced by the other brain. But when your gut is bloated with chemicals, distended from ingesting too much dead stuff, or addicted to the toxins in processed “food,” it can disrupt the mind-gut connection, resulting in a “gut feeling” that might just be indigestion…

“Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” ~ Michael Pollan

Inhale Nourishment, Exhale Toxins…
Inhale Moderation, Exhale Over Indulgent…
Inhale Health, Exhale Disease…
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Rules of Leadership

I didn’t always make the best personal or professional choices during my military career…I wasn’t the savviest about cultivating mentors …I avoided the Pentagon like the plague. But my intent was to work hard in every assignment, be my best self, in and out of uniform, and always put myself in a position so I would decide when my career would end.

Because I knew, unlike Ronnie Jackson, I would not be given multiple chances to make mistakes.

“If you’re going to play the game properly you’d better know every rule.” ~ Barbara Jordan

Inhale Leadership, Exhale Undisciplined…
Inhale Good Judgment, Exhale Irrational…
Inhale Experienced, Exhale Unqualified…
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Moral Leader

It’s become obvious to me that the more moralistic the leader, the less moral he is likely to be.

“Morality means acting in ways that are sensitive to the needs of others….Moralism is the assumption that you know the right behavior for everyone…” ~ Thomas Moore, A Religion of One’s Own

Inhale Morality, Exhale Moralism…
Inhale Generosity, Exhale Judgment…
Inhale Grace, Exhale Sanctimony…
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To Support and Defend

The U. S. government has a long, sordid history of treating black people as second-class citizens in conflict of our founding documents, the 5th, 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to our Constitution, as well as the Civil Rights, Voting Rights and Fair Housing Acts passed in the 1960s.

Despite that mistreatment, many of us have pledged to “support and defend” this country even to death if death is demanded.

But our commitment doesn’t make mistreatment at the hands of our fellow citizens easier to accept.

“I, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”  Title 5, Section 3331, the United States Code

Inhale Faithfulness, Exhale Faithlessness…
Inhale Allegiance, Exhale Apathy…
Inhale Obligation, Exhale Evasion…
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