Jeff Boss served 13 years as a Navy SEAL across eight combat deployments, and enjoys transferring the lessons he learned in dealing with adversity through writing and speaking. He now works as a leadership and business performance coach.
Often, subordinates are more capable and more adept at leading than their leaders, but they lack the positional authority to be decisive. Even worse, many fear that speaking up to a bad leader will result in negative performance reviews or emotional turf wars.
Joining the military isn’t easy. Remember the days when you got off the bus (and I’m speaking from the enlisted perspective here) and walked into a swarm of yells and screams from big scary men and women? Worst of all, everything you did and everything you said was wrong. But it took courage, a fierce resolve, and the self-confidence to face the unknown.
There have been myriad articles written about what veterans bring to the workforce, such as leadership experience, teamwork, mission focus, blah blah blah. While those topics are all important, they’re not exactly new. Not to put any of them down but if you are competing for a job with three other veterans and you all share the same aforementioned qualities, then how do you stick out?