Herndon, VA (PressExposure) May 29, 2009 -- Louis Carter, the founder of the Best Practice Institute, teaches the basics of leadership and organizational development. His ideas are based on the Warrior Ethos and the valuable lessons brought to general attention by U.S. Navy's Chief of Naval Air Training and combat veteran Rear Admiral Mark Guadagnini. Both these two men include courage, discipline and focus as three of the most important parts of leadership. Moreover, they demonstrate how essential flexibility really is. They recommend one to draw from all training, experience and mission parameters, and then put them together, adaptively, to accomplish the mission despite circumstances that have changed from the original plan.
When it comes to discovering the best practices for today's over competitive business world, there are a few things that one should remember. The measure of a leader lies not in mere planning ability but in that leader's facility for reacting quickly and appropriately to unexpected situations. The ability to be flexible and adaptive is, by definition, difficult to train. The best leaders are necessarily able to handle everything, but they can learn to shift gears faster and find suitable courses of action better than most. This is what leadership is all about, as the effective business warrior must maximize flexibility via constant, deliberate exposure to unfamiliar situations in order to grow accustomed to calm, analytical responses to a broad range of events.
The Warrior Ethos is based on four principles: prioritization of objectives, courage, discipline and flexibility. Successful leadership means being able to balance the four aspects, never favoring one at the expense of another, and allowing all four to constantly push and pull on one another as parts of a unified whole. Flexibility must not be used as an excuse to avoid facing problems head on with courage; and, courage without restraint often leads to the abandoning of disciplined rules and order.
For anyone to be called a true leader and a master when it comes to organizational development, he should excel in handling conflicts, diplomacy and management, but also exhibit extraordinary loyalty, humility, perseverance and compassion. Possessing all these qualities will help one maintain his position and demonstrate the ideals of leadership. A company helmed by such a person is ideally positioned to derive commitment from its employees, confidence from its customers and success from its environment.
To summarize things up, these two people show that warrior ethics can be applied in the business world with success. In the workplace culture, where old-style loyalty to the company has given way to mobility and free enterprise of a more mercenary nature, it is imperative for leaders to cultivate personal attitudes and behaviors that enable them to maintain integrity, honesty and adaptability through the most difficult of challenges.