US Navy SEAL Jocko Willink on Dealing with Poor Leaders: “Respect Them.”

“You don’t want an adversarial relationship with this leader. You want him [or her] to support and help you. They will do that if you are making them look good.”

Think of a situation, either current or past (or both), when you’ve encountered a manager or leader similar to what Jocko talks about in the video below.

As you watch, think about how you reacted, or are currently reacting, to this person and the situation and consider these questions:

  • Are your chosen reactions helping or exacerbating it?
  • Do you seem to continually run into this kind of situation over and over?
  • If so, think about what you could do to adjust your behavior patterns so you’re creating a solution, rather than a further/continuing problem.
  • If there is a situation, current or past, where you have adjusted your chosen reactions to fall into alignment with Jocko’s suggestions, what were they?
  • If you’re still struggling, how can this situation be changed into a learning experience for you?

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