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Adm. Mike Mullen on Wartime Leadership

By Ed O'Keefe

Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently spoke with one of The Post's Pentagon reporter Ann Scott Tyson for our recurring On Leadership video series.

In the clip above, Mullen discusses how wartime leadership has changed, specifically that more junior officers have assumed broader responsibilities than in the past.

In the clip above, Tyson asks Mullen what leadership advice he would give recent military academy graduates:

"Integrity. Don't ever ever give it up. The one person you've got to look in the face everyday is that person that you're looking into the mirror. Seek responsibility. Take care of, broadly and deeply, take care of your people. Serve them, they will serve you. Take some smart risk, but some risk. Understand what you're doing with respect to that. Be innovative, be creative. Be somebody that listens, not in the transmit mode but listen to your people ... Their job is to make them look good. Let them do that."

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By Ed O'Keefe  | July 9, 2009; 1:30 PM ET
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