– There is a leadership tenet that underpins all others, so I call it the Prime Imperative because it is the leader’s One thing.
– Over the years, I have seen many Marines someone had labeled as “dirt-bags” turn themselves around with just a little interest from a leader. Usually, they just needed to believe in themselves. Unfortunately, most people will accept their lot in life unless a challenge or a leader proves to them their worth.
– My experiences caused me to realize that Marines would do anything for leaders they knew cared and that I would never know who might be the hero that saves the day, so I had better treat them all like the heroes they might become.
– That is the prime imperative or “one thing for a leader,” to acknowledge that everyone in our organization has value. With that premise, our duty becomes to care for, train, and inspire them to be their best selves and transcend to something greater.
– Tell me, what you’re doing to inspire your followers?
– Remember, “all things are possible through prayer and heavy deadlifts.”™