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It doesn’t matter what stage of life you’re in—fresh high school graduate onto college, the military, or even a military academy, midlevel or senior executive in business or a nonprofit, or aspiring Admiral or General—you’ll learn something from Mike’s story that you can apply. He translates how he approaches leadership, sometimes even how leadership approached him and knocked him for a loop, and how to use all of these experiences to shape a life of leadership at each stage of your career.
You’d do well to learn from his experience, think about your own path, and shape your leadership lessons based on what you do every day, alone, with your team, or with your family. You’ll be better as a result. I know I am better for learning from Mike in my role as CEO with him as our Chairman of the Board for the National Defense University Foundation. Perhaps the most important lesson is to learn their names.
- James Schmeling, JD, President and CEO, National Defense University Foundation