What Effective Team Leadership Looks Like

Valuable tips from a former Navy SEAL

Jim Farina


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A team of sharpshooters is slowly approaching an offshore oil rig — the motor on the Zodiac inflatable raft is quietly humming in stealth mode. Your team of Navy SEALs is on a risky training mission, pumped with adrenaline, waiting, and ready for any contingency that might arise. Breath held. Weapons are poised.

Things aren’t going as planned. You have to make a quick call on how to best adjust to this situation. You freeze. For some reason, you can’t make the call.

You realize there are too many places for enemies to hide on this rig. The team is desperate and looking to you for a signal. Time is ticking. You attempt to bark out a command, but your voice is paralyzed. You call again, but no sound comes out.

Suddenly, you wake up in bed. Your heart is pounding. You sigh heavily with mixed feelings of anxiousness and relief.

It’s just another bad dream. A nightmare that is prompted by your role as a team leader. Thankfully, your work is not a matter of life and death, though your business often seems that way.

Learn leadership techniques from an experienced Navy SEAL