Can We Measure Leadership? DeMarco Banter

We start every year in our leader development course by asking students to define leadership. The answers are usually surprisingly similar—especially when it comes to our Army students—Soldiers can always quote the Army Doctrinal definition. The Army defines leadership as influencing people by providing purpose, direction, and motivation, while operating to accomplish the mission and …

The “Enlightened Rebel’s” Guide to Empire: DeMarco Banter

Or…what would Sir John Glubb Pasha say…Part 1 History has much to teach and offer in terms of empire’s rise and decline.  Great empires of the past such as Britain, Spain, Islam, Rome, Persia, and Babylon rose and fell over a period of centuries. Even Niccolo Machiavelli’s 1532 signature work, The Prince was a study …

Leadership Soft Skills in the US Military—What the @#$%? DeMarco Banter

Leadership Soft Skills in the US Military—What the @#$%?  DeMarco Banter This week marks the 5th year of teaching our Leader Development course at The USAF’s Air Command and Staff College.  To say it has been an interesting journey—would not even begin to cover it.  In 2012 the DeMarco Family took a job here at …

Do We Really Want a Mentor or Coach? Find Out With These 10 Questions: Neo-DeMarcoian Thought

There is a lot of talk about mentoring and coaching in the leadership world. I don’t think anyone can deny the power of a strong mentor—I know I am very fortunate to have mentors in my life still—even at what some might consider a somewhat advanced age. But there is something we all need to …