This episode features part two of an interview with LTG (R) Robert F. Foley, recipient of the Medal of Honor, West Point class of 1963.
LTG (R) Foley held numerous command and staff assignments during his 37 years on active duty. In this episode, LTG (R) Foley talks about his remarkable journey in the army, invaluable lessons from his career, and dynamic strategies to empower soldiers during combat.
Listen to part one.
“Let me talk with what I think is the most important leadership lesson learned, and that is the importance of listening. I found that in my 37 years in active duty that we leaders just don’t spend enough time on the issue of listening. And so I concluded that leaders at all levels, squad leaders, battalion commanders, corporate CEOs, need to carve out time daily, if they can, just to listen. And I don’t mean to a one hour PowerPoint briefing in their office. I mean, getting out of their office, going to the motor pool, the training area, the dining facility, the workspace where the officers and the NCOs and the soldiers are working. And turn off the transmitter and go into the receipt mode and just listen and ask questions and find out things.”—LTG (R) Robert F. Foley ’63