COL. Danny R. McKnight
U.S. Army (Ret.)


Leadership is not easy, if it was anybody could do it.  It is a very dynamic art, however, actually quite simple.


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Presentation / Talk Overview

I hope the following will provide you with enough information to have a reasonable understanding of the focus of my presentation / talk.

The overall objective of the presentation is to provide a better understanding of the necessary commitment and leadership required in order to be successful, especially when operating in a difficult, adverse, and less than perfect condition. Many key values associated with leadership will be highlighted and referenced throughout the presentation. A real world event from October 3-4, 1993, in Mogadishu, Somalia will be used to relate the commitment and leadership so valuable to success. Also, a linkage between an event like October 3-4, 1993, and current day actions in the Homeland Security arena will be highlighted.


Some Talking Points

  • Doing the right thing - hard right versus easy wrong; if it feels right, then do it.

  • Leadership values - Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless-Service, Honor, Integrity, Personal Courage.

  • Commitment

  • Professionalism

  • Responsibility--Privilege--Trust

  • Accountability / Ownership for your actions

  • Teamwork

  • Lead by example, lead from the front.

  • Decision making


Examples of commitment and leadership from October 3-4, 1993, as well as recent examples, will make the talking points above come together in achieving the stated overall objective.


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