US Navy SEAL Jocko Willink Gives Tips on How to Generate Respect While Still Creating Leadership and Authority

“If you’re insecure, you’d think that [doing inconsequential tasks] you think you’d lose respect. But if you’re secure in your ability to lead, and if you know that doing some tedious stuff is going to make your guys appreciate you…then that means, to me, it’s kind of worth it.”

As you watch the video below and listen to what Jocko has to say, think about a situation where you may have been wanting to create the same kind of atmosphere of leadership and respect, current or past.

Were you successful?

If so, how did you generate that success?

If not, what do you think happened?

After you finish the video, consider the questions posed below and jot down some notes.

  • How can you be/act like the kind of leader you’d like to have?
  • Do you think that being liked is more important than leadership?
  • Are they the same thing?
  • If so, why?
  • If not, what are some ways you think respect can be generated, even if you aren’t liked?
  • What does following your lead mean to you?


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