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Experience Breeds Confidence and there is no other person to discuss this than COL (Ret.) Stu Bradin. He is the President and CEO of the Global SOF Foundation. He was born into an Army family then retired as a U.S. Army Special Forces colonel in May 2014 after over 32 years of service. Stu’s Special Forces assignments include service with elements of Joint Special Operations Command, as Deputy Director of Operations at Special Operations Command Europe, and extensive service with the 7th and 10th Special Forces Groups (Airborne). He commanded several SFODAs (“A-Teams”) and served as a battalion Operations Officer as well as the Company Commander of the counter terrorist unit designated as the CINC’s In Extremis Force. He participated in Operation Just Cause, served tours as an adviser in El Salvador and Peru, and is a veteran of multiple unconventional and other special operations with 10th SFG(A) in the Balkans and numerous locations in northern and central Africa.
In 2007, Stu was tasked with establishing the NATO Special Operations Coordination Center (NSCC), and on 1 March 2010 the NSCC was designated as the NATO Special Operations Headquarters, where Stu served as the Chief of Staff until June 2011. In 2011 he was in Afghanistan as the Director of the Special Operations Fusion Cell – a multinational Joint Interagency Task Force with 19 nations and 8 agencies supporting NATO SOF. Stu’s final assignment was Chief of the Expanding Global SOF Network Operational Planning Team tasked with making U.S. Special Operations Command a global combatant command.
Stu was a Latin American Foreign Area Officer and received a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from San Diego State University. He attended the School of Americas Command and Staff Course and was assigned to the School of Advanced Military Studies as one of the authors of the first version of FM 3.0, the Army’s Operations manual. Stu taught at the Command and General Staff College as a SOF Instructor with a mission to form the Special Operations Program.
“You can’t be afraid to fail. I love leaders that allow people to fail. Expect them to fail.”COL (Ret) Stu Bradin
Can you tell our listeners about the Global SOF Foundation?
You have been advocating for the SOF community across all the branches of services, focusing on your SOF imperatives … What skills are needed to have a positive impact with leaders at some of our highest levels of government?
If you want to be world class you have to have a coherent infrastructure and capability
Everybody wants to have a Single Voice, you need one guy who’s name is Commander who is in charge of all of it.
GSOF’s four steps of advocating policy makers
Has the Coronavirus changed the mission of the Global SOF Foundation? What challenges did you face and how did you refocus?
We were in Warsaw, Poland when President Trump made the announcement on the travel ban at 2AM our time ….
How do you think experience plays into confidence in regards to your leadership style?
You either function or you die.
My relationships shaped me.
Your leadership style evolves.
There is nothing better than someone who will just not quit.
At what point in your career have you either encountered a leadership challenge you would like to talk about or a leadership impact on those around you that could share?
People avoid leadership challenges. I believe in second chances.
Leadership has to be willing to put their rank on the line for other people.
Admiral William McRaven would say, “Whatever makes you go fast, do it!”
What traits do you believe make a great leader?
Work ethic is everything
Capabilities is based on mindset
You gotta have compassion
You gotta have courage
Take care of your body
Take care of your mind
Take care of everyone around you.
So you’ve discussed what makes a great leader, how do those traits play out in team dynamics? Especially in a high risk environment, like SOF.
What are you currently reading? or Any book recommendations?
Our biggest problem right now is we have never experienced the smart device effect.
Where can people find you and Global SOF online?
President Trump – https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump
“Whatever makes you go fast, do it!”Admiral William McRaven
The Americans on FX via Amazon
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