John Wayne in Sands of Iwo Jima. (Credit: Alamy)
What Separates Great Leaders from Good Ones
Growing up in the 1960s and ’70s, I had a stereotype of a military leader as an individual taller, stronger, smarter, braver, and better looking than the rest. I assessed myself as zero for five in those traits: average height, strength, looks, intelligence, and few tests of my courage except for several schoolyard scraps. But I did want to be a naval officer, so I entered the Naval Academy in 1979 hoping I could learn to be a leader.