Leadership is leadership. The same principles apply when leading in sports, music, business and war. But these principles may be expressed in different ways. Sometimes seeing elements of good leadership on display in another realm can help to us to understand these lessons without so much background noise. How about the hunt for the most wanted man in history?
“The CIA is a global institution that undertakes high-risk missions to defend the United States. Its analysis is scrutinized every morning by no less an exacting customer than the president of the United States. Its successes are largely unknown; its failures are legendary. Simply put, CIA has one of the toughest jobs in all of government.”
And it should be no surprise, the main lessons have to do with priorities, focus, and taking the long view.
Source: The Former Head of the CIA on Managing the Hunt for Bin Laden