Leadership is a journey, not a destination!

Stanford University’s Hoover Institution U.S. Coast Guard National Security Fellow, Captain Lushan Hannah explains why we have never arrived as a leader by helping us understand the importance of investing in ourselves, empowering others, and paying it forward to all those who will come after us. Captain Hannah shares a powerful story of when a mentor helped him recognize his own potential and invites us help others recognize their own potential. He quotes Simon Sinek with “you can easily judge the character of a man by the way he treats those who can do nothing for him” and invites us all to be the change we want to see. 

Be Part of the Active Leadership School that is Life That ALL Might Be Edified: Discussions on Servant Leadership

I had the such an incredible conversation with recently retired Admiral Mike Studeman from the U.S. Navy. His most recent position was as Commanding Officer of the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI). Mike started the conversation by encouraging me to ask him all my hard questions. I began by asking him how we could get better using the Coast Guard to compliment our other Maritime Forces around the world which led to some great dialogue about how to engage with the world around us in more meaningful ways. Mike had some inspiring tips for how to prepare for a life in foreign and/or international affairs which could help many of us just be more sensitive to the many cultures we interact with. Mike provided powerful inspiration on using your voice, empowerment, and the importance of character among several other insightful commentaries. Mike described the passion behind his recently compiled manuscript on leadership and shared some highlights from it. Mike points out that the U.S. is facing a leadership crisis and this episode is a must listen to contemplate what we can each do to tackle that in our own spheres of influence with our individual voices. All throughout the episode, Mike illustrates tangible examples while expressing the time to act is now for each of us to start to make a difference in the world around us with these great recommendations!  Mike is an executive leader of major organizations with geostrategic impact and National security expert and intelligence professional with global expertise. He has deep knowledge of the Indo-Pacific and is an inspiring leader  who is able to maximize team performance and achieve results while sustaining high morale. Admiral Studeman had a very distinguished Naval career serving as Commanding Officer of multiple Commands and as the Director of Intelligence (J2) of two Combatant Commands & Commanding Officer of the Joint Intelligence Center at another Combatant Command. Admiral Michael Studeman is the son of a career naval officer and a 1988 graduate of the College of William and Mary. He is a distinguished graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, a distinguished graduate of the National War College, and an honors graduate in Mandarin Chinese from the Defense Language Institute. Resources: Nicholas Carr – The Shallows: How the Internet is Changing How We Think, Read, and Remember: The Shallows: How the Internet Is Changing the Way We Think, Read and Remember  Ancient Greek Quotes to Strengthen Character:  https://youtu.be/SXeObg8UEcg?si=KCRbkmMeLUCrwY-D  Media Bias Chart: https://www.allsides.com/media-bias/media-bias-chart U.S. Coast Guard Recruitment Website:  https://www.gocoastguard.com/?gad_source=1&gclid=CjwKCAiAsIGrBhAAEiwAEzMlCwigXY7sQLLmYBV-XG_XGToFg9rh-gAOTwaPyRPgGUOpQYsF0lun7xoCFmEQAvD_BwE Department of State – Careers in Foreign Service:  Foreign Service – Careers – State DepartmentU.S. Department of State (.gov)https://careers.state.gov › career-paths › foreign-service U.S. Navy Foreign Area Officer Career Information:  https://www.mynavyhr.navy.mil/Career-Management/Detailing/Officer/FAO/      
  1. Be Part of the Active Leadership School that is Life
  2. Ask Inspired Questions to Get Enhanced Results
  3. Curiosity About Change Overcomes Negativity
  4. Educate, Inspire, Engage, & Elevate
  5. Credibility & Trust Enhance the Team

1 thought on “Leadership is a journey, not a destination!”

  1. It is interesting, I think “leadership” has a stigma of what the CG leader you interviewed mentioned about Patton-esque leaders. I really appreciated that he defined leadership as giving back agency to subject matter experts.

    The reality is that we can all “lead” in our positions, be it by example or with a positive attitude or a commitment to making our organizations better and I think as a leader, the fact that he recognizes that and tries to actively fan those flames is pretty awesome.

    Fantastic podcast! Keep up the excellent work!

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