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Top 3 Bottom 3 Leadership Traits

We recently had a fantastic instructor from the Defense Acquisition University provide a course that covered leadership and management topics including a couple of 10-item leadership lists. We were told to examine these lists and note where our strengths and weaknesses may lie. I will provide the lists below, but I will not go into significant detail about the context in which they are listed.

Taken from Secrets of Special Ops Leadership


  • Create the Best

  • Dare the Impossible

  • Throw the Rulebook Away

  • Be Where the Action Is

  • Commit and Require Total Commitment

  • Demand Tough Discipline

  • Build a Commando Team

  • Inspire Others to Follow Your Vision

  • Accept Full Blame; Give Full Credit

  • Take Charge

Taken from "Make Your Bed"


  • Start your day with a task completed

  • You can't go at it alone

  • Only the size of your heart matters

  • Life's not fair - drive on!

  • Failure can make you stronger

  • You must dare greatly

  • Stand up to the bullies

  • Rise to the occasion

  • Give people hope

  • Never, ever quit!

Top 3

Inspire Others to Follow Your Vision  -  I've had the opportunity to influence teams that had been stuck in routines into doing work that they swore against doing initially. This is done by establishing trust, diving headfirst, and calling for them to rally behind me.

Be Where the Action Is  -  Routines are important but they bore me. I always try to be involved with projects that are exciting and promising. In some cases, they fail, but it also gives me a chance to learn.

Rise to the Occasion  -  I thrive in high-stress situations.

Bottom 3

You can't go it alone  -  I sometimes try to take on more than I can handle by myself.

Stand up to the bullies  -  I struggle to see who the bullies are at times.

Create the best  -  I struggle with ways to better team members. It's not always my place to do this, but a nudge is helpful from time to time.

Five Others

A large portion of our seminar surrounded the topic of the MBTI and our results from it. My personality trait was that of ENTP. As a small refresher, the meaning of these traits is summarized by MBTI as:

Favorite world: Do you prefer to focus on the outer world or on your own inner world? This is called Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I).

Information: Do you prefer to focus on the basic information you take in or do you prefer to interpret and add meaning? This is called Sensing (S) or Intuition (N).

Decisions: When making decisions, do you prefer to first look at logic and consistency or first look at the people and special circumstances? This is called Thinking (T) or Feeling (F).

Structure: In dealing with the outside world, do you prefer to get things decided or do you prefer to stay open to new information and options? This is called Judging (J) or Perceiving (P).

Regardless of your biases towards these words, no one trait or combinations letters are better than anybody else's (except for mine… it's a fabulous personality that I got!)

So, with my personality, I received the results of EFTP meaning that I am extraverted, intuitive, thinking, and perceiving. So, what does this mean when I'm dealing with others? I'll explain a few other people I interact with and try to apply some rationale to the things I need to consider in my interactions with them.

Dorian - INTP - Dorian's awesome! I enjoy working with him, but while we have productive discussions on work topics and life topics, that introverted piece does come out from time to time. I need to minimize surprise requests for socializing with him.

Jack - ISFP - Super quiet worker but really sharp and funny when discussing the right topics. He tends to like to stay within the bounds of policy and creating additional structures. I tend to like to get things done and look up the rules later. I need to consider his perspective when working with him.

Sandra - ESTJ - She's fantastic to be around, but the attention to detail and need-to-know about everything frustrates me. For the past 8 years, I've driven her nuts, but I can usually pre-empt some of her frustration by regularly checking in with her. This has also been the case with other bosses that I've had.

Jacob - ESFP - More of a people person than I am. He really shows that he cares about the people that he's talking to. It seems like organizing his thoughts on paper is hard for him. As such, it's usually easier for me to talk to him in person than try to interact with him on email.

Sam - ISTP - Really open to new ideas but needs a lot of details before signing off on them. When I interact with him, I need to be prepared to make a case.

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