Focused on a goal. "When they graduate they will be deployed to lead a platoon, probably in Afghanistan or Iraq. They know the responsibilities and the risks. And everything they are doing is preparing them for that moment. Do you know what your primary mission is at work?"
What leaders strive for:
Continuous improvement. "They work in an organization that is continually striving to be better. When a mistake happens, the Army tries not to let it happen again. Are you aligned with the right organization? Or if you're leading that organization, are you prepared to change things that aren't working, even if change could be hard or even a reversal of something you implemented?"
What leaders do:
Practice for success. "These cadets are given the physical and mental training that will help them do their jobs at the highest level. They know you have to be able to perform a task perfectly under normal conditions before you can expect to do it in a stressful situation. Can you say the same thing? Are you able to do your job at a high level every day? If not, then you should not be surprised when you make the wrong decisions under pressure."