Spartan 36 Solutions Leadership Principles – Part 1
Updated: May 10, 2019
At Spartan 36 Solutions we believe that leadership is based on four fundamental truths. These truths, what we call the Spartan 36 Leadership Principles, make up the foundation of a good leader. Their presence can be found in all of history’s great leaders. Conversely, many of history’s leadership failures can be attributed to an absence of one or more of these principles. Every organization has their own key leadership traits, leadership principles, leader attributes, etc… Each of these lists has its merits and should be used as a guidepost for the leaders in that organization; however, we believe that leadership can be distilled down to these four Spartan 36 Solutions Leadership Principles: Competence, Initiative, Purpose, and Integrity.
Competence is the ability to accomplish a task or to meet your organizational expectations. Simply put, competence is the ability to do what is expected of you as a leader. One of history’s most competent leaders is actually a little known Roman general who played a critical supporting role to Octavian, who would go on to become Caesar Augustus. This general, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, can and should be credited with playing a decisive role in the successful collapse of the Second Triumvirate in 33 BC ending the Roman Republic. Additionally, Agrippa’s generalship was critical in Octavian’s defeat of Mark Antony and Cleopatra in 30 BC and establishing the Roman Empire under Caesar Augustus. Agrippa’s competence as a general forever shaped the geopolitical landscape of the western world.
Initiative is the single greatest differentiating factor of greatness. It is the start of something, the origin of action. Initiative is part of the US Army’s Principle of War: Offensive – Seize, retain, and exploit the initiative. History’s greatest examples of initiative come from one of its most colorful characters: General George S. Patton. General Patton learned the importance of initiative as a young child and carried it through his distinguished career as an army officer. Patton’s first display of extraordinary initiative was as a young officer hunting Pancho Villa with “Black Jack” Pershing. General Patton continued to take the initiative as a mid-level officer in the First World War and as an Army Commander racing to Berlin in the Second World War. Patton’s initiative was a key contributing factor in the outcome of World War II.
Be sure to check back next week when we will introduce the second half of the Spartan 36 Solutions Leadership Principles: Purpose, and Integrity. Because Leadership Matters!