Christianity has provided a different grounding for David's leadership perspective. In the end, Jesus said one has to love God and then love each other. Love has to be the framework of a leader, from the top all the way down to the bottom. In the end, you are here to serve others, like Jesus did!
Part of David's life has been shaped by various leadership styles. Obviously, the U.S. Marine Corps is the crux of David's leadership perspective, but his Christainity, status as a Stroke Survivor, Parental skills, Baseball, private practice as an attorney, and seminary, and Chaplaincy have made David's leadership style sui generis. Some perspectives are below...
U.S. Marine Corps
As a Lieutenant Colonel in the USMC, David has learned from both the status as a Commander and Staff Officer. From Commanding Officar of Weapons Company, 1st Battalion 23rd Marines, 4th Marine Division, to being a staff officer for Regimatal Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division in Iraq, the Marine Corps has been the grounding for David's leadership perspective.
David will be the first to say he is blessed. As a stroke survivor, he has his voice back, he walks without a walker, cane, or brace, and his mental edge is back. David is broken, at least according to him, but he knows that there are some things that only a stroke survivor knows (like a combat veteran). Having said that, we can't all be a stroke survivor in leadership (thank God for that), but we can be empathetic to them (or someone else you are leading), and maybe have a person such as a stroke survivor (whatever portions you are leading) on your team.
David and Amy are parents of four children (Sam, Ashley, Sarah, and Jacob. Fron David's deployment, the stroke, and the fire that burned their home to the ground, being parents through the trials and tribulations has brought challenges and rewards. From being able to see things from the children's perspective to having the discernment to see when your words have effect and when they don't (and you walk along beside them anyway), leadership is part of parenting.
USMC Leadership Principles
1. BE TECHNICALLY AND TACTICALLY PROFICIENT
2. KNOW YOURSELF AND SEEK SELF-IMPROVEMENT
3. KNOW YOUR MARINES AND LOOK OUT FOR THEIR WELFARE
4. KEEP YOUR MARINES INFORMED
5. SET THE EXAMPLE
6. ENSURE THE TASK IS UNDERSTOOD, SUPERVISED AND ACCOMPLISHED
7. TRAIN YOUR MARINES AS A TEAM
8. MAKE SOUND AND TIMELY DECISIONS
9. DEVELOP A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY IN YOUR SUBORDINATES
10. EMPLOY YOUR UNIT IN ACCORDANCE WITH ITS CAPABILITIES
11. SEEK RESPONSIBILITY AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR ACTIONS
USMC Leadership Traits
J - Justice
J - Judgment
D - Dependability
I - Initiative
D - Decisiveness
T - Tact
I - Integrity
E - Enthusiasm
B - Bearing
U - Unselfishness
C - Courage
K - Knowledge
L - Loyalty
E - Endurance
Matthew 22:36-40 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’38 This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”