Is it easier being the leader?

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Leading is easier than not leading, says Eric Greitens, Navy SEAL, 12-time marathoner, college professor, boxer, White House fellow and humanitarian.

The combat veteran who earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star, completed four tours of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, Southeast Asia and Africa, went to visit his comrades and other Marines in military hospitals after a truck bomb wounded members of his platoon in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2007. They all told him that when they recovered, they wanted to continue their service, whether in or out of uniform.

Greitens took that idea and ran with it, using his combat pay and a few vets to launch The Mission Continues, which trains wounded service members for leadership.

More than 30 vets have been through the program. Greitens’ goal: 100 wounded or disabled vets as fellows this year.

His take on leadership:

“In SEAL training, I learned it’s actually easier to be a leader,” he says. “When you’re leading a team, your thoughts are always on them. No matter how much I was hurting, no matter how tortured I had been, there was someone hurting worse than me. You don’t have time for your own self-pity.”

— Adapted from “Outside’s Reader of the Year,” Justin Nyberg, Outside.

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