Appreciate your own strengths and limitations, and pursue self-improvement.

Posted: July 7, 2014 in Leadership
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In the next weeks I will be focusing on each of the 10 leadership principles I learned as an officer in the army. This the second of these principles.

  • Do your personal SWOT analysis on a regular basis.
  •  Find your personal center of gravity and leverage it for all it’s worth.
  • Find ways to limit your weaknesses through mitigation, training, alliances, teambuilding, etc.
  • Adopt positive role models.
  • Get mentoring or coaching as needed.
  • Learn and practice the nuts and bolts of management and inspiration.
  • Do regular personal after action reviews to identify and consolidate lessons learned.
  • Seek and accept informed and intelligent counsel.
  • Ask for advice and suggestions from subordinates, and then make the decision.
  • Volunteer for important, “stretch” tasks and responsibilities.

Richard Martin is The Master Strategist and Leadership Catalyst. Richard brings his military and business leadership and management experience to bear for executives and organizations seeking to radically improve performance, grow, and thrive in the face of rapid change, harsh competition, and increasing uncertainty.

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  1. Praveen Puri says:

    Hi Rich,

    Could you go into more detail about “Find your personal center of gravity and leverage it for all it’s worth.”?



    • Hi Praveen,

      Your centre of gravity is your centre of strength and power. When you want to slide a heavy object over the floor, you put your centre of gravity behind it and push with all your might. When you want to accomplish a difficult task or reach a lofty goal, you have to put your most effective and impactful strengths into it and push with all you’ve got.


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