Field Manual 6-22 Leader Development

The US Army's "Field Manual 6-22 Leader Development" is quite the comprehensive document outlining the core traits that officers, commanders and other high ranking personnel of the military must posses to fulfill their jobs.  This document's basis combines psychological research, psychiatric theory and experience from military service people.

Thankfully, Prudence L. Gourguechon has summarized the field manual into 5 key traits of a true leader as follows:

  • Trust
  • Discipline and self-control
  • Judgement and critical thinking
  • Self-awareness
  • Empathy

Recently in a meeting with other CEOs, we ran an exercise discussing how we had succeeded in these 5 areas over the past year, and how we will improve in these 5 areas moving forward.  The process enabled as objective-as-possible reflection to occur in the room, requiring honest feedback from our peers.  After a healthy group discussions, we summarized our future behavior with 3 key adjectives, projecting how we will grow in our business and personal lives.  These are not necessarily traits that we fully possess, although some members of the group arguably do.  For me, I aspire to be even more of all three.

I arrived at Focused, Patient, and Decisive.  When considering this trio as a backbone to my decision making process, I found deeper insight in the combination of words than each on its own.  For example, when listening to a staff dispute, I must first focus on the situation, clearing away the rest of the work day's clutter.  Next, I patiently listen to each party, taking in all data points before arriving at a conclusion.  Lastly, with a decisive hand, I make the decision, and ensure action is taken by all parties.

Give it a try.  What are your 3 adjectives, and how can you implement them in your personal and business lives? 

And if you'd like some light bathroom reading, enjoy the 282 page PDF below.

Alumni Spotlight: Jacob Tell

What an honor that UCSB's College of Letters and Science division highlighted me in their newsletter with the intention of inspiring the current student body!

I cherish my UCSB days, as my time at the university certainly helped shape me into the leader I am today.

Reel Loud Film Festival Judgement

Thank you to the Film & Media Studies department at UCSB for inviting me to judge at the 26th annual Reel Loud Film Festival. I recall excited evenings at Campbell hall in the late 90s and early 2000s cheering on my fellow Gauchos who both created the short films and performed the live accompaniment music.  Fast forward nearly 15 years since graduating and I'm enjoying the varied avante-garde student films and often exhilarating musical performances as a judge.  With no formal training, I did my best to rank the films and musical performances in various categories, making way for several proud students.

Reel Loud Film Festival 2017 Judges

Reel Loud Film Festival 2017 Judges

NOW in its 26th year, the REEL Loud Film Festival is continuing its tradition of bringing together artists, filmmakers, and musicians from UCSB and surrounding communities to create an evening of expression, emotion, and creation.
The REEL Loud Student Film Festival is not only unique in that it is the longest running film festival at UCSB, but also because it is the only campus event which brings about beautiful collaboration between visual and sonic artists together.
The 26th Annual REEL Loud Festival will include:
  • Screenings of Silent Student films accompanied by live student musicians
  • An outdoor art exhibition space featuring student artwork
  • Live performances by student dancers and musicians
  • Complimentary Food and Beverages