“To build something that lasts, you must start with a solid foundation.” This well-known adage forms a foundation itself for Leading Leaders. Drawing on his experiences leading people and organizations over a twenty-plus year career as an Air Force officer, Mickey weaves in stories that lend depth and context to the five bricks that comprise […]
For years I kept General Colin Powell’s “Rules” on a worn, type-written sheet of paper somewhere on my desk. His Rules had been published in a news magazine article, and I thought they were fabulous, so I typed them up and added a few of my own to the bottom. Over the years, I developed […]
The manuscript is done, the cover is done…now all I need is the ISBNs from my publisher so I can go final! Hopefully not more than another 2 weeks before Leading Leaders is complete and published!
Leadership is more than a 9-5 job, and no one lives leadership like the US military. Colonel Addison has lived a life and career of leadership, and he shares his lessons in this great read. Managers of all levels will benefit from this book!” -Mary C. Kelly, PhD, CDR, US Navy (ret) author of Master […]
I’ve been privileged to attend both Air Command & Staff College and the Eisenhower School where I heard dozens of very successful leaders from every walk of life speak to us: business executives, military leaders, politicians, and athletes. There were several common themes in all of their talks, and one of the most obvious to […]
Our nation is crying out for leaders. In this gem of a book, Colonel Mickey Addison shares the timeless lessons of leadership he learned in sports, in the Boy Scouts, and in a successful career in the US Air Force. Filled with unforgettable stories illustrating the principles of leadership, “Leading Leaders,” is a must read […]
If you are in a leadership position, then you must take charge and lead. I call this principle, “Leaders Lead,” the third brick in the foundation of leadership. “When in command, command.” – Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN, 1885-1966 Although the term “manager” is a common title in business and public sectors, there is a […]
I was very privileged that USAFA Endowment President, author, and USAF General (retired) Steve Lorenz reviewed my book Leading Leaders! His review is below, and I’ll post more as the publication date gets closer. You can buy his book on Amazon at the link below. Thank you Sir! Colonel Mickey Addison is a leaders’ leader. I […]
Each organization in an institution or company has a job to do: Leaders exist to execute their jobs in support of their company’s objectives. That means, internal to an organization, leaders should support their bosses and their institutional goals. My experience is that people rise to the leaders’ expectations. Set high standards and hold people […]
A culture of trust and respect means that people need to be allowed an honest mistake from time to time. “Allowed an honest mistake” doesn’t mean that there are no consequences for making that mistake; it means that there is a difference between a mistake and a crime. The main difference, of course, between the […]
Most of us will never lead troops in combat or run into a burning building to save someone, so physical courage is not something that will ordinarily be required of us. Moral courage, however, is required of everyone daily. Daily decisions about how to do our jobs and live our lives form us into the […]
In any endeavor, teamwork is usually the key to success. Every organization functions as a team; we all need each other to be successful. Whether your company is 5 or 5,000, there are teams of people who have to work together to get the job done. It is a rare task that a person accomplishes […]
In life and in business neatness counts, and attention to detail is important. Its both an indicator of the quality of the work the team is doing, and the quality of the team members themselves. In any case, the leader can tell a lot by the little things, and little things that may require his […]
“Leading Leaders: Advice for Executives and Those Who Want to be One” is nearing completion and I could really use some blurbs for the book. If you’d like to be a part of it, please leave a comment with your email address, thanks in advance!
Not to be overlooked, there is one aspect of “respect” that deserves a little attention, and that is respect for the institution to which one belongs.
An external orientation prevents our internal compass from spinning.
When I was a student at both staff college and war college, we were very privileged to hear from a number of successful senior leaders. One of the common threads in all their talks on leadership was how they were (generally) early risers. Getting up at a regular hour each day, and getting a good […]
Leaders have to grow their company’s future leaders, because even those with natural leadership ability need training and mentoring. This means that branch managers, assistant managers, team leaders, project managers, etc., have to deliberately develop their teammates’ and employees’ leadership skills by giving them opportunities to lead and then letting them. Give people the opportunity […]
Two great breakout sessions at AFP San Antonio’s 2013 conference, thanks everyone who came to hear me speak! I enjoyed meeting the presenters and participants, and the conference committee members were awesome. If you were there, I’d love to hear from you…please leave feedback in the comment section if you like.
One of my heroes, the late Tom Landry, former Dallas Cowboys’ head coach, once said, the art of leadership is “to get people to do what they don’t want to do to achieve what they want to achieve.” What Coach Landry understood was that the basic leadership dilemma: how to motivate people to accomplish some […]