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Saving Private Ryan Leadership Lessons for War and Peace The movie Saving Pvt Ryan hits you with shocking realism From the beginning to the end you feel as if you are there The knots twist in your stomach waiting for the landing craft gate to drop Cold water fills your boots as you slog your way up the beaches of Normandy and across the bombed out cities in France You can feel the grit under your fingernails and the dryness of fear in your mouth As you hear the bullets whiz by your head and you think to yourself Will I freeze up or will I do what I am supposed to In the seconds before the charge the eyes of the soldiers turn and gaze upon the person who is their leader They think to themselves Is this person worthy Trust confidence and leadership must be present before the first battle begins Todays workplace sometimes resembles more of a combat situation than anything else Are your people following you or have they deserted and heading in the opposite direction People today want leadership they are not happy being managed This movie clearly showed what it means to be a leader It was a fascinating work of art - sometimes horrific but entirely accurate The genesis of my fascination was I could see myself I spent many years as an officer in the Army I never faced combat but have been in enough demanding situations to understand the bonding soldiers feel when faced with life and death situations I gained the satisfaction of knowing when called my soldiers would give their all for each other and their country As an officer in the Army I learned several lessons A job title doesnt make a person a leader Leaders must first travel down the gauntlet with those they lead BEFORE they
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