Follow the Chief of Command

President Obama: Lessons of the Geranamo Mission

This is neither a post on politics nor an attempt to teach leadership to those who already know it. Rather it is a summary on leadership of high command. Let’s give President Obama credit in leading the Geronimo mission to kill Bin Laden. He demonstrated leadership. The President made a good decision, acted upon his alternatives decisively and balanced secrecy with public transparency. Counter terrorist experts called it a “clean hit” and a leading military intelligence officer praised to the President for making, “a gutsy call because so much could have went wrong.” Consensus opinion across party and industry lines indicates that he made the right military decision.

As we educate future leaders in business, let us understand the value of acting decisively without complete information and recognize the power of creating a culture that unites our team under a common cause. Then, along with giving President Obama his due, let’s share credit with military leaders who operated flawlessly, under pressure in the field of command. Congratulations on a job well done.


Current military leadership, as directed by Admiral Mike Mullen and other chiefs of command, represents a healthy shift of thinking about the military establishment. Admiral Mullen is the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs to have attended Harvard Business School. And, according to Fast Company Magazine, "Admiral Mullen is not just a new model for military officers - and a new kind of business titan - but also a case study in 21st-century leadership."

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