Paula Broadwell on David Petraeus

[ 0 ] April 27, 2015 |

Last Thursday, Gen. David Petraeus was sentenced to two years of probation and fined $100,000 for revealing classified military information to biographer Paula Broadwell. Here’s a genConnect interview Paula Broadwell conducted on Petraeus’ leadership style while he was still CIA director.

On communicating well, Petraeus’ tip was: “Get the big ideas right, communicate those ideas effectively to your workers so they understand what you’re trying to do – down to the lowest guy on the totem pole, whether that be the soldier in the foxhole or the newest administrative assistant in your company – and oversee implementation to make sure those ideas are being executed. Another tip: stop worst practices and make sure to adopt best practices.

“If you don’t learn the right lessons and encourage your organization to learn and grow and share those practices across the force, then, again, the enemy may adapt faster,” Broadwell said.

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