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Lessons Learned at CREW New York: Be a Servant Leader

Admiral William H. McRaven gave the final keynote at CREW Convention New York. As the University of Texas System Chancellor and a retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral, he leads one of the nation’s largest and most respected systems of higher education.

Bill spoke about how you can apply some of the Navy Seal principles in being a good leader. The first he said, is to be a servant leader. One of his favorite quotes to get the point across on leadership, “A shepherd should smell like his sheep.” As a leader, you are with them not above them. I agree and think that what helps someone understand how to be a servant leader is when you either volunteer or donate time to charities, non-profit organizations or fundraising events.

Other highlights and advice from Bill’s keynote include:

  • Communicate, especially in times of crisis. If there is no communication, everything falls apart.
  • With great power, comes greater responsibility. Hard decisions never get easier to make. To become a leader, you have to embrace challenges and overcome mistakes.
  • Remove the fear. It’s again this idea where removing the fear of rejection, confidence and taking risks all come into play.
  • Stop thinking about how can “I” get to the top. Help your peers when they are struggling and provide advice and mentorship. Your team will get stronger and your effort will be rewarded.

This is the final post in a four-part series by Melissa Desingco, business development manager in Neoscape’s Boston studio.

Image credit: CREW Network

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