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Learn to suffocate your instincts

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After spending 21 years as a U.S. Naval Military Officer, Mary Kelly applied her leadership skills to the business world. The Dallas-based professional speaker is co-author of Why Leaders Fail.

Executive Leadership: How did your military career enhance your appreciation for leadership?

Kelly: The military is a wonderful place to learn about leadership. You learn to take care of your people. You learn about servant leadership, the idea of supporting their success.

EL: Can you give an example of a moment in your U.S. Navy career that gave you a better understanding of leadership?

Kelly: When 9/11 happened, I was working for a terrific leader in Hawaii, Adm. Bob Conway. When the towers were attacked, he called everyone in and said, “Let’s get clear on what we need to do.” That’s when your training sets in. His leadership lets you do the right thing.

EL: How do you define leadership?

Kelly: Leadership is getting people to do w...(register to read more)

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