Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to participate in “the ultimate Seal training experience“, which was likely the longest workout I’ll ever do. While the test of physical endurance will forever be memorable, the most valuable part of the experience, though, was understanding the leadership and teamwork values of real Navy Seals.
With respect to teamwork, two messages were repeated:
- The slowest man sets the pace. Some of the men in the team have to carry the really heavy equipment. They set the pace – not the fastest men who have the lightest loads. If you need the team to go faster, you help the guys with the heaviest loads.
- You are not done until your entire team has crossed the finish line. This message was repeated in a variety of forms. This video, not from the bootcamp I was in, explains this concept the best:
Tomorrow, I’ll cover the leadership lessons!
Do you practice these values with your teams? If not, do you think you could apply them?