Wednesday, 13 February 2013 11:20

Do you have what it takes?

President Barack Obama recently awarded former Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha with the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest honor for courage.

In 2009 Ramesha and about 50 American soldiers faced more than 300 Taliban forces at Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan. Outpost Keating had been built at the bottom of three steep mountains, providing the enemy with a tactical advantage. The Taliban assault was from 360 degrees and the higher ground. Romesha's leadership was crucial in regaining control of the camp after it was overrun by the Taliban.

Romesha himself is humble and laconic, still haunted by the deaths of the soldiers he could not save. In an interview with CNN he says ‘When you tell someone you're going to do something, you do it… your actions are what make you.' He went on to say that they had the tools and the training; the spirit and the support. So they did what had to be done: few words, strong deeds.

Corporations aren’t often short on either tools or training, and you probably have plenty of both to do your job. 

The spirit in Romesha’s team and the support he had from his men speaks to the calibre of his leadership. His fellow troops say they wonder if they would have survived without his fierce determination. One said ‘There are few people I would follow to hell and back; he is one of them.’ 

Your corporate leadership challenges may not be as raw and life threatening as they are in the military, but the principles are the same.

Do you measure up?

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