118: Ship.Shipmate.Self

If you’re paying attention, you can find examples of leadership skills almost anywhere in life. From playing football to working in a corporate environment, good leaders stand out and inspire those around them to follow their lead. 

What makes a good leader? What skills do they have that make them someone worthy of looking up to? One fundamental characteristic is that they know how to make decisions and move forward without regret.

In this episode of The Customer Service Revolution, John welcomes Admiral Thomas Lynch to talk about what he learned during his time in the Navy about leadership as well as his time on the football field. After a decorated 32-year career in the Navy, Admiral Lynch retired to work in the private sector as a senior-level executive for multiple large corporations. He also serves as Co-Chairman of the NewDay USA Foundation.

Admiral Lynch’s extensive experience both in the military and Corporate America gives him a unique perspective on leadership and what creates a great leader. You don’t want to miss his advice for people who want to become leaders both at work and at home.

Here are just a few takeaways:

  • Admiral Lynch’s background as a career Naval officer, football player, and in corporate America
  • The impact of the Navy on his life and what “shipmate self” means
  • What NewDay USA is and Admiral Lynch’s involvement with it
  • His relationship with Roger Staubach and what made Roger an excellent example of leadership
  • How leaders can be trained to have an army of employees who will do whatever it takes to help reach their goal
  • Applying ship, shipmate, and self to your family
  • Admiral Lynch’s advice for people who want to become more selfless

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About The Author

John DiJulius

John R. DiJulius is a best-selling author, consultant, keynote speaker and President of The DiJulius Group, the leading Customer experience consulting firm in the nation. He blogs on Customer experience trends and best practices.