From Bill Murphy Jr., a writer for Inc. is an article covering leadership. He shares a recent example from the U.S. Navy Seals that can apply to other leaders in any organization.
So, where does this leave the Navy SEALs, and what are the lessons for leaders in other situations?
I think the common denominator is that a leader at the very top of any organization has one very powerful tool in his or her hands: the power to create and maintain culture.
If you rise high enough, you reach a point where you can’t monitor everything that everyone below you is doing. You probably can’t even know all of them. You can’t be around them to inspire them to do the right thing.
So, you have to use other techniques.You show them that they’re part of something bigger than themselves. You instill pride. You get them to believe that their team’s ethical standards are as important — maybe even more so — than the ones they bring themselves.