Requirements of Leadership

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While Admiral William McRaven may be best known for orchestrating the Special Operations raid that killed Osama Bin Laden, his storied Navy career also includes the capture of Saddam Hussein and the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips. These accomplishments, while significant, are part of a much larger responsibility, he says, which is to lead with discipline and focus. In this conversation, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell asks McRaven to expound on the fundamentals — and nuances — of good leadership. Listening, reflecting, and being able to admit failure are key, he says, and in the end you “hope that your moral compass has been strong because you have honed it and refined it over decades.”

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