Rick Pitino quoted Billy Jean King to his team before their NCAA Tournament game against St. Louis University yesterday afternoon by stating that “pressure is a privilege.” His point was that it is pressure that spurs us on to greatness, but there are critical elements along the way that help us achieve success in the face of pressure. In the Army Leadership program, “Be, Know, Do,” General Edward Meyer lists these elements…character, knowledge, study, preparation (and pressure)…in his comparison to the formation of a diamond.
“Just as the diamond requires three properties for its formation—carbon, heat, and pressure— successful leaders require the interaction of three properties—character, knowledge, and application. Like carbon to the diamond, character is the basic quality of the leader. But as carbon alone does not create a diamond, neither can character alone create a leader. The diamond needs heat. Man needs knowledge, study, and preparation. The third property, pressure—acting in conjunction with carbon and heat—forms the diamond. Similarly, one’s character, attended by knowledge, blooms through application to produce a leader.”
According to General Meyer, “Be” is used to describe who we are as individuals, our character…our values and attributes. The skills that we have is the “Know,” and the “Do” are the actions in which we take. The decisions we make in pressure situations will ultimately define the “Do.” Competency provides “Know,” the technical, tactical and conceptual skills to deal with pressures…making monitoring, managing and assuring competency vital to success. “Be” is the individual nature of each person, but can be nurtured with proper mentoring which leads by example, practices integrity, selfless service, respect and personal courage.
Leaders defined by this type of character and competence act to achieve excellence by developing a coordinated team unit that can do such great things like defend a nation, fight and win wars. However the very same structure can apply across the board to other aspects of life…work, family, athletics, etc….anything that has a goal of some measurable success.
In the realm of oilfield safety, Hazard Scout believes the integration of these critical aspects can provide a safer and more efficient work environment. Hazard Scout provides tools to manage employee competencies/character, provide data and feedback to know areas of concern, and provides tools to improve.
A link to the Army Leadership program – Be, Know, Do.