Life and Leadership Lessons I Learned In The Military: “Be open to any ideas from any source; Your role as the leader is not to be the source of all ideas but be the cultivator of an environment where people are safe and can develop ideas.” with Dr. Kent Bradley and Marco Dehry

Marco Derhy
Jul 12, 2019 · 16 min read
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Be open to any ideas from any source. Your role as the leader is not to be the source of all ideas but be the cultivator of an environment where people are safe and can develop ideas. (again — I have many examples of this in my career. People may think that the Army is a very strict hierarchy where it is all about rank. That is far from the truth. It was very common to have vigorous debate on issues in a staff meeting. The difference is that once a decision is made we knew how to close ranks and all support the decision. If there is a point of distinction when I compare it to the corporate world, it would be that the process did not require 100% consensus but rather a process that allowed all to have a say and then a keen understanding that in most situations there may not be a right answer, but the best answer based on an assessment of the tradeoffs.)

As a part of my series about “Life and Leadership Lessons Learned In The Military”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Kent Bradley (M.D., MPH, MBA), a retired Army Colonel and graduate of the United States Military Academy. He is the vice president of Medical Affairs and Nutrition Education at Herbalife Nutrition and chairman of the Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board. He and his team are responsible for developing educational tools and learning platforms for distributors to ensure they receive ongoing training to deliver a best-in-class customer experience tailored to each individual’s needs. Prior to joining Herbalife Nutrition, Dr. Bradley held senior executive roles in the public and private sector. He is the former President of Safeway Health. He also served as the Chief Medical Officer for Safeway, a company with $44 billion in annual revenue and 185,000 employees. Dr. Bradley serves on numerous boards, including the Board of Directors for CommonSpirit Health — one of the largest healthcare systems in the United States with revenue of over $33 billion, and the Board of Directors of Concentra Health — the largest occupational health provider in the U.S. with over 400 clinics. He is actively involved in multiple community health and wellbeing initiatives and founded Core Communities, a nonprofit supporting healthy communities, by creating compelling content that encourages conversations on important issues. He has served as a strategic advisor to multiple health technology companies with a special focus on consumer engagement. Dr. Bradley is a retired Army Colonel, graduate of the United States Military Academy and has a Master in Public Health from the University of Minnesota, an executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver, and his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland. He is board certified in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and holds a certificate in Corporate Governance from INSEAD.

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Marco Derhy

Written by

A Positive Influencer | Author | 19 years publication industry | Created unique series | Founder @ Derhy Enterprises https://marcoderhy.com

Authority Magazine

Leadership Lessons from Authorities in Business, Film, Sports and Tech. Authority Mag is devoted primarily to sharing interesting feature interviews of people who are authorities in their industry. We use interviews to draw out stories that are both empowering and actionable.

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