Leadership / Principles / Personal Development

Leadership in 5 Minutes

Need a down and dirty? Here it is.

Mark McMillion
3 min readMay 3, 2023

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People often get caught up in the nuances and complexity of leadership. Those matter and it can be complex, but engaging at those higher levels without understanding basic underlying principles can lead you astray.

Here’s a quick rundown of basic things every leader, regardless of domain, must get right to be successful.

Leadership starts with communication. Someone who cannot share ideas with others is doomed to work alone. Someone who cannot understand others is also working in a vacuum. Communication has to be two-way, no matter the level of the organization. One-way communication does not work. It leads to misunderstandings, wasted effort, and wrong priorities. Communication! Work at it! Here are a few articles I’ve written about communication for more depth.

The second key piece of leadership is accountability. It starts with you! If you can’t own your mistakes, then you cannot hold others responsible for theirs. People who do that are called hypocrites. No one likes a hypocrite. Accountability goes up, down, and sideways. People always embrace down. That’s easy. Holding peers accountable is hard but therein lies the path to excellence. Holding the boss…

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Mark McMillion

Retired Army officer with two tours in Baghdad, married with four kids. Proud West Virginian and West Point grad. Works available on Amazon.