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Jon Thompson

Humility, first and foremost. Good leaders must be able to listen to their followers, rather than just hearing them. I can’t effectively listen if I believe my opinion is better than the guy talking. I as the leader have to be able to swallow my pride and admit when my idea or plan isn’t the best option or even stupid, and defer to the officer on the ground who may have a eye-level view of the situation in real-time.