Elite Leader – 6 Traits of Exceptional Military Leaders That Apply in the Business World

 

6 Traits of Exceptional Military Leaders That Apply in the Business World

 

Much of my leadership perspective is drawn on my military experience. In the military, I acquired my first leadership role as a commander and was able to learn firsthand that people will do best what they “want to do” and not what they “need to do.” People will operate best from knowing “why” they do what they do, and not just “what” they need to do.

Having an effective leader in place to assist people with visualizing the end goal is key, and there are several aspects from my experience in the military that enable me to lay this vision out for my team. There are six essential traits of an exceptional military battalion, and through the years of leading my own troop at Menchie’s it has become more and more clear that these same qualities make up successful businesses and the team members who comprise it.

1. Teamwork

In the military, everything is a team effort. If one individual is not pulling his or her weight, the implications will dramatic. While serving, I gained a deeper understanding of the importance of teamwork and working well with different personalities, and in turn this has allowed me to build a winning team. Selecting the right people to join the team is instrumental to achieving high quality teamwork. The right selection leads to winning teams.

2. Dedication

While serving, you are pushed to obtain the unreachable. You have to be willing to get your hands dirty and do tasks sometimes outside of your scope.

3. Accountability

Being a part of the military, one is intuitively engineered to strive for the best results. The level of accountability that comes from military experience provides the ability for an organization to preserve resources and time. I believe in holding myself accountable to the highest standards and in leading by example.

4. System-oriented

In the military, when a system does not exist, you create one. The common goal is to create a fail-proof system, much like creating systems to streamline efficiencies in business.

5. Drive

While serving, I observed a natural determination in myself and those around me to exceed yesterday’s results every single day. It is this “can do” attitude and energy that makes everyone strive to push themselves that much more.

6. Higher purpose

A large part of being part of the military is wanting to assist others and make a difference in the communities in which you serve. At Menchie’s, we strive to improve the lives of others on a daily basis. A higher purpose provides inspiration for people to persevere through the various different challenges in the business world.

The frozen yogurt marketplace is extremely saturated and there is competition everywhere we go. I have come to learn that a true leader always puts his team before himself, and in our case, I put our people before profits. We bring food trucks to the office to celebrate milestones, offer a buffet lunch every Friday and take the time to bond as a unit at company-wide events throughout the year.

The needs of my team come before my own and it is this kind of culture that builds camaraderie, tenacity and drive – necessary qualities to not only survive, but also thrive in a crowded marketplace.

Strong leadership cannot happen if people do not follow and believe in the common mission you lay out and cultivate. From my military service, I learned people need to see and visualize the end game in order to walk the lengthy path, and laying a vision is critical.

Author:  Amit Kleinberger – CEO Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/242228

Elite Leader Training – http://forwardmarchinc.com/elite-leader-training/

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Brotherhood of Warriors – Forward March Inc.’s Choice for Tactical Gear and Tumblers

These guys have product that is beyond comparison. Their attention to detail, the quality of equipment, and their attention to detail set them apart from other companies. They are well priced and customize to fit the needs of their customer. Check them out by clicking on the picture below. When you order, use the code FMI and receive 10% off!

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Forward March Inc. and the MO National Guard Team Up for Employment Opportunities

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On July 22, Forward March Inc. and the Missouri National Guard hosted a Job Fair at Camp Crowder in Neosho, MO. The job fair was an opportunity for employers to see Soldiers and Officers in their environment  during their two week annual training.

Employers from Neosho, Joplin and surrounding areas came and set up booths for Soldiers to learn more about their companies and open positions and then got to brave the heat and tour the camp and experience first hand what the Soldiers do during the Annual Training, like the repel tower and obstacle course.

Forward March Inc. and the MO National Guard work closely to help facilitate better opportunities for both employers and Soldiers. If your company is interested in improving your Veteran Hiring Programs or are looking for the right Veterans for the right positions, check out our website by clicking on the picture, or give us a call at 888-723-6223 Ext. 225

Indigo Sky Casino Invests in Leadership, Veterans and Veteran Owned Companies

brand-identity-04    Indigo Sky Casino, and the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, have come together with Forward March Inc. and Brotherhood of Warriors, both Veteran Owned and Operated companies who operate out of Joplin, MO.

Indigo Sky and Forward March Inc. have partnered to present an Elite Leader Course that Forward March Inc. offers to companies and corporations that look to take their leaders to the next level. Elite Leader is crafted and designed to provide leadership training and high quality team building, all delivered with military flair.  November 2nd and 3rd, FMI will be conducting an Elite Leader Course. This event is open to companies and individuals who want the best of military leadership training and exciting team building. The two day course will be held at Indigo Sky Casino and D-Day Adventure Park.

Slots for The Elite Leader are limited to the first 50 people so act fast. You and your company can sign up for the event or receive more information by calling Jimmy Burgess, Director of Leader Development, FMI at 888-723-6223 ext 225.

WEB LOGO     Indigo Sky also partnered with Brotherhood of Warriors Tactical Supply Company located in Joplin for some of their laser engraved products. Brotherhood of Warriors is a Service Disabled Veteran owned small business that gives back to local Veterans. Brotherhood of Warriors carries the top brands in the tactical industry, as well as specializes in custom laser engraving.

Military Hiring 101 Workshop July 17 in Joplin, MO

joplinappreciationForward March Inc. and the Joplin Chamber of Commerce have combined forces to put on a Military Hiring 101 on the 17th of July at the Joplin Chamber of Commerce Building (320 E. 4th St.)FMI_-_Military_101_Flyer_-_Chamber_Of_Commerce

The Military Hiring 101 includes everything your company needs to learn how to attract, hire and retain Top Military Talent.

This Military Hiring 101 is being offered FREE to companies and businesses in the Joplin, MO area who are looking to take their Military Hiring to the next level. Seats are limited so secure your company’s seat at the event today!

Forward March Inc. and the Joplin Outlaws Team Up

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About two months ago, the Joplin Outlaws reached out to FMI’s Joplin Director, Jimmy Burgess to put together and run Military Appreciation Night at Joe Becker Stadium. He happily accepted and took the reigns, leading the Outlaws to have their best showing this season and raising money for the Heartland Canines for Veterans. Heartland is a non-profit organization that helps place service dogs with Veterans who need them.

With an incredible show of support and love from the Joplin Community, fans poured into the seats to enjoy a fun filled night full of good baseball, service dogs, Veterans and good food. turkey legsRed’s House BBQ and Cheezies Pizza were in attendance feeding the masses and both contributed to Heartland.

The atmosphere was amazing as the Joplin Outlaws took on the Joplin All-Stars in a non-league game. The game started with a memorable first pitch made by service dog, Athena. She was sent in to pitch after the decision was made by Outlaw coach, Danny Weaver, when he noticed the Master Trainer, Tim Franks of On Command Canine Training needed the help of his service dog to complete the task.

Between the 2nd and 3rd innings fans got to see the product of hard work and dedication of both service dog and Veteran. Two dogs, Lucas and Rapha, after completing over 260 hours of training were partnered with their Veterans, Katie and Brad. They also had to complete over 40 hours of training before becoming Team Leaders over their HK9s.

Currently it costs in the ballpark of $7000 to properly train a service dog. If you would like to help, you can go to Heartland Canines for Veteran’s web page: http://www.heartlandcaninesforveterans.com.

Check out the First pitch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQZ6AgKmJH4

Check out the Graduation Ceremony here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qx6HfhmVyKE

A special thanks to all those that made July 1st possible, including all of the vendors, contributors, the Joplin Outlaws, The Joplin Chamber of Commerce, fans and friends, thank you from Forward March Inc. and the Heartland Canines for Veterans.thank you heartland