General Jim Mattis is the former Secretary of Defense and one of the most formidable strategic thinkers of the twenty-first century.
He wrote a GREAT book on leadership called Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead.
The book is, as per the back cover, “a clear-eyed account of learning to lead in a chaotic world” in which Mattis “recounts the foundational experiences and lessons he learned over four decades and in three wars. It is a journey about learning to lead at every level, with insights equally applicable to the military, to business, and to individual growth.”
I got this book on the recommendation of a new, dear friend who happens to be a long-time student (and Heroic Coach) who also happens to be a commanding officer in the U.S. military.
It’s an absolutely FANTASTIC memoir packed with wisdom on how to lead—which is why it has nearly 5,000 5-star reviews.
It reminds me of two other memoirs by military leaders I admire: Admiral William McRaven’s Sea Stories and General Colin Powell’s It Worked for Me. It also reminds me of Phil Knight’s memoir Shoe Dog and Ray Dalio’s Principles.
While we’re on the subject of other great leadership books, check out our Notes on General Stanley McChrystal’s Leaders: Myths and Reality, Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Leadership in Turbulent Times, and James Kouzes and Barry Posner’s The Leadership Challenge.
Check out Leadership 101 if you feel so inspired.
In the next several +1s, we’re going to spend some time chatting about some of my favorite Ideas from the book.
We’re going to keep Today’s +1 super simple.
Here we go…
Mattis tells us: “A leader’s role is problem solving.”
He says: “If you don’t like problems, stay out of leadership.”
That makes it simple, eh?
Want to lead?
Quit complaining about all the “problems” and/or challenges in your life.
SOLVING THOSE PROBLEMS IS YOUR JOB!!!
That’s Today’s +1.
What’s ONE problem in your life right now?
Do your job.
🤓 🤗 !!!
Day 1. ALL IN.
LET’S GO, HERO!