Reservists Returning from Iraq are Re-Entering the Business World with a New Perspective on Leadership

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Experts at LeadCorps Performance Management explain various leadership philosophies and trends that follow Iraq veterans' home and change business dynamics.

Reservists represent more than 50 percent of the US Military personnel in Iraq and are now re-entering the workforce in record numbers. This unprecedented call up of reservists, has produced a new breed of veteran, one with prior business experience that has seen the U.S. military at work with a new perspective. Upon their return home, military leadership philosophies are beginning to permeate all levels of the business world, according to Chris Miller, Managing Partner of LeadCorps Performance Management, a Leadership Training Company based out of Atlanta, Georgia.

Modern day military leadership is based on a philosophy called “Command Leadership.” Command Leadership is a decentralized leadership and command philosophy that emerged in modern times within the Prussian and Germany Army in the 19th and 20th centuries. Command Leadership was adapted by the US military and NATO forces in the 1980s, and demands decisions and action at the lowest level of command where there is higher knowledge of the constantly changing situation.

Gary Lee, (age 37) a Vice President with Air Design Systems, a 135 person HVAC company in Pensacola , FL and also a Major in the U. S. Marine Corps Reserves, is bringing a new breadth of leadership to the nearly 40 year old company he is returning home to. Major Lee was called to active military service in January 2005 and recently returned home from a combat tour in Iraq, where he served as an F/A-18 Pilot and Operations Officer for Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 142.

“Having served on active duty for 12 years, then four years in the business world, I have a newfound respect for the way the Military is able to effectively operate in such a dynamic and challenging environment such as Iraq," Lee explains. “While on active duty I served in campaigns in Bosnia and Hungry while operating in the Command Leadership system without giving much thought to how it worked. Having run a division for Air Design Systems for the last few years, I have a greater appreciation for how difficult it is to get everyone in even a small company aligned and working to the same overall objective. The operation in Iraq is quite amazing when you think of all the moving parts and uncertainties that exist."

"In such a dynamic and dangerous environment, it is essential that every unit have absolute clarity with regard to the specific mission they are responsible for. In Iraq we were essentially told what our mission was and more importantly why we were doing it. We were never told how to accomplish our specific mission. We of course were given rules and guidelines which we had to operate under, but within these guidelines we were given the flexibility to decide how we were going to accomplish our mission. It was not until we were nearing the end of our deployment that I noticed how, over the course of months, we had changed how we were operating as a unit. Having the ability to change how we did business based on the enemy situation allowed us the stay one step ahead of their tactics."

“We were very effective as a unit in Iraq,” says LtCol Jeff Baumert, Major Lee’s boss and Commanding Officer. "Even though the average age of our pilots was over 40 (compared to 27 for a active duty Marine Squadron), us old dogs were able to learn some new tricks and adapt in order to stay a few step ahead of the bad guys and accomplish our mission."

American business is entering an interesting time in history to have so many service men and women temporarily depart the business world for a tour of combat, then returning to business. Many serving in leadership billets, such as Major Lee and LtCol Baumert, will be bringing back a new perspective on the type of Leadership Philosophy required for organizations to operate in challenging and dynamic environments.

“Command Leadership Philosophies are needed for any large organization to operate effectively in today’s dynamic global economy,” says LtCol Sharp, a founding partner of LeadCorps Performance Management who served with Lee and Baurmet in Iraq. He goes on to say “any organization that takes the time out to go through our Mission Analysis program will understand the power of being in command and out of control.” Command Leadership is based on mutual trust among the organizations members and setting clear objectives and pushing decision-making ability to the people in the field where the knowledge of what is happening is highest.

About LeadCorps

LeadCorps Performance Management ( is a Leadership Training Company that draws on a core set of proven programs and approaches, which are based on the global experiences of the most widely recognized high performing teams and organizations in the world. All LeadCorps facilitators are business leaders with leadership experience in demanding and fast-paced elite military units. They have translated Command Leadership philosophies into high- performance business results and have the ability to train business managers in these skills.

For more information contact: Chris Miller, phone: 678-867-0586

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