I’m talking about Norman Schwarzkopf, also known as “Stormin’ Norman” in some circles. He was a great speaker. He was engaging with practical, real-world stories. He spoke about leadership, but not as a mandate or dictate. Rather as a commitment to oneself and one’s duty.
He spoke for over an hour, but what stood out to me the most were two rules he mentioned. These two rules – which he called Rule 13 and Rule 14 were not created by him. He related a story about when he learned them and said that they have served him well over his entire career. And, that he had shared them with those in his command much as I am sharing them with you now.
Rules 13 and 14
They are as simple as they are powerful
- Rule 13 – When placed in command, take charge.
- Rule 14 – Do what’s right.
That’s it. 9 short words with a lot of potential. Potential to make a significant impact. Potential to change lives. Potential to change the way people see you in your career.
What can Millennials learn from Rules 13 and 14?
Plenty. Leadership, compassion and perhaps most of all trust. Trust in the person, no matter where they fit within the organization, to follow Rules 13 and 14.
Leadership is more than barking orders and expending unbending fealty.
Despite being known for a hot temper, “Stormin’ Norman” was known for saying, “Leaders love their troops and let them know in many ways.”
By showing compassion and trust, Stormin’ Norman was able to succeed in ways that were probably never envisioned.
The same is true for you. Whether you are a Millennial or some other age group you’ll find that by putting Rules 13 and 14 into practice you will be able to get ahead in your chosen field by being more authentic and perhaps a bit more entrepreneurial too. Rules 13 and 14 will also help you stand out in your career by making it easier to communicate more effectively.
Try them today. Put Rules 13 and 14 into play on your next project. And, pass ‘em on to the team. You’ll likely be pleasantly surprised by the results.