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Dichotomies of leadership: A good leader must be:

* confident but not cocky
* courageous but not foolhardy
* competitive but a gracious loser
* attentive to details but not obsessed by them
* strong but have endurance
* a leader and follower
* humble not passive
* aggressive not overbearing
* quiet not silent
* calm but not robotic, logical but not devoid of emotions
* close with the troops but not so close that one becomes more important than the good of the team; not so close that they forget who is in charge.
* able to execute Extreme Ownership, while exercising decentralized command


A good leader has ____, but ____

* nothing to prove
* everything to prove


Leadership requires finding the equilibrium in ____

the dichotomy of many seemingly contradictory qualities, between one extreme and another.


A good leader is not intimidated when ____

other step up and take charge


If a team is successful, the recognition will come for those in charge, but a leader ____

should not seek that recognition


The team must understand that their leader cares about them and their well being. But a leader must control ____

his or her emotions


Leaders who lose their temper also lose ____



overconfidence causes ____

complacency and arrogance


A leader must have a competitive spirit but ____

also be a gracious loser.


Leaders must never put their own drive for personal success ahead of ____

overall mission success for the greater team.


Leaders must act with professionalism and recognize ____

others for their contributions.


Leaders must possess humility and the ability to control ____ and ____.

* their ego
* listen to others


Leaders must admit mistakes and failures, ____

take ownership of them, and find a way to prevent them from happening again.


A leader must be able to stand up for the team and respectfully push back against ____

a decision, order, or direction that could negatively impact overall mission success.


Every member of the team must develop the trust and confidence that their leader will ____

exercise good judgement, remain calm, and make the right decisions when it matters most


Leaders must earn respect and prove themselves worthy, demonstrating through action that they will ____

take care of the team and look out for their long-term interests and well-being.