In this episode, The Mentors Host Dan Hesse talks with Admiral Michael G. Mullen, U.S. Navy (ret.), who served as the 17th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from October 1, 2007, to September 30, 2011, and who previously served as the Navy’s 28th chief of Naval Operations. Culling from real-world, first-hand experiences and learnings, retired Admiral Mullen shares valuable leadership principles and skills he honed over the years that apply to anyone, in any industry, who seeks to find happiness and fulfillment in his or her career and life.
One thing that stands out in this interview is Mullen’s humility—clarity of leadership principles and humility—especially when one considers what it means to have been the highest ranking military officer in the country, serving under two U.S. presidents. Like all of our hosts and guests, he wants YOU to succeed at what YOU are passionate about, in life and work. That’s a true, ethical and remarkable mentor!
Considered to be one of the most influential chairmen of the Joint Chiefs in history, Admiral Mullen oversaw the end of the combat mission in Iraq and the development of a new military strategy for Afghanistan. He oversaw the promotion of international partnership, the integration of new technologies, and new counter-terrorism tactics that facilitated the killing of Osama bin Laden.
But it wasn’t all smooth sailing, literally, for Mullen. As a young officer his first big naval leadership assignment did not go well. He was given a second chance and his persistence and perseverance—and a good mentor—led him to ultimately becoming the highest-ranking military officer in the country, whose career Fast Company referred to as “a case study in 21st Century leadership.” Mullen now teaches at the U.S. Naval Academy and remains a dedicated supporter of service members, veterans and their families.
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ADMIRAL MIKE MULLEN:
- BIO: https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/people/chiefs-of-naval-operations/admiral-michael-g–mullen.html
- Admiral Mike Mullen, Harvard Business Review (June 2012)- a terrific question-and-answer-style interview with Admiral Mullen