Episode 30: Discussing the Foundations of Leadership with US Army Sergeant Major James Meade

One of the best things you can do as a leader is to establish your expectations right up front. When you do that, you set your team up for success and you will also set yourself up for success by clearly describing what is expected. This is something that Sergeant Major James Meade describes as "expectation management.”

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This particular podcast episode is one that I was very excited to produce. When I first heard Sergeant Major Meade speak, I was instantly hooked. It takes a lot to grab my attention, but this guy not only demonstrates good leadership skills, he can also teach it. This rare combination makes him incredibly valuable to leaders both inside and outside of the Army. When he agreed to be on the show, I instantly began working on the things we would talk about.

Being a leader is not necessarily difficult, although it will take 100% effort. As you probably know, human beings are very complex and complicated creatures that require individual attention throughout the span of their professional career. A single leadership method does not exactly translate to every single person. Having flexibility with your leadership style is something that will dramatically improve your leadership ability.

It is my sincere hope that you will enjoy this episode and be able to walk away with some very useful leadership strategies. Most importantly, we discuss practical details that you can put to work right away. Do not be afraid to tell people what you expect. Do not shy away from an opportunity to correct bad behavior. Do what you think is best for the team and make sure that you stand by your convictions. Integrity is very important in leadership.

Below you will see a couple of leadership book recommendations. I personally think that good leaders will always continue to grow and learn no matter how far they've come. The biggest and most famous of all military leaders recommend constant growth and constant learning.

Leadership Strategy and Tactics

By: Jocko Willink


Leadership Strategy and Tactics explains how to take leadership theory, quickly translate that theory into applicable strategy, and then put leadership into action at a tactical level. This book is the solution that leaders at every level need—not just to understand the leadership game, but also how to play the leadership game, and win it.

In the military, a field manual provides instructions in simple, clear, step-by-step language to help soldiers complete their mission and that's why this book is designed in such a way to provide specific and practical applications to a wide variety of leadership situations.

Call Sign Chaos

By: Jim Mattis & Bing West


Call Sign Chaos is the account of Jim Mattis's storied career, from wide-ranging leadership roles in three wars to ultimately commanding a quarter of a million troops across the Middle East. Along the way, Mattis recounts his foundational experiences as a leader, extracting the lessons he has learned about the nature of warfighting and peacemaking, the importance of allies, and the strategic dilemmas--and short-sighted thinking--now facing our nation. He makes it clear why America must return to a strategic footing so as not to continue winning battles but fighting inconclusive wars. Personal note: It's incredible to me how much GEN Mattis emphasizes lifelong learning, even for people at his level of strategic leadership. I am so glad that I read this book!

This podcast is dedicated to becoming the best at what you do. It's about being the best at work, at home, at a party or on the field. We're going tackle the things that few people talk about. We are not afraid to talk about fighting, challenging your team and standing up for yourself. Got an idea in a meeting? Shout it out and let people know that you exist! Being the best requires bold action. You're in the right place.

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