Leaders on Top, Experts on Tap

Tom Draude, Veteran on the Move

About this Episode

In this special series released on Wednesdays, we are honored to have Brigadier General Tom Draude. Callsign Sage, Tom commissioned in June 1962 after graduation from the Naval Academy and served in the Marine Corps for 30 1/2 years. He served three combat tours in Vietnam as an infantry officer and was the Assistant Division Commander of the 1st Marine Division during operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  Sage is the recipient of two Silver Stars, the Purple Heart Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry Medal with Palm.

Key Points of Discussion

  • Sage’s opinion on Leadership
  • Different aspects of leadership
  • Story of an interview
  • Characteristics of a great Leader
  • Importance of confidence

Key Milestones of this Episode

[00:45] Leadership

[06:49] Difference between military leadership and civilian leadership

[08:05] Story of an interview

[12:54] Struggle with leadership

[19:04] Greatest Leadership traits

[25:04] Importance of Confidence

[25:27] Wrapping up

Key Quotes by Tom Draude

  1. “Leadership is simply the ability to get the job done by taking care of people.”
  2. “We put experts on tap. Not on top. We put leaders on top.”
  3. “I wanted to know the things I was responsible for better than I did before.”
  4. “Never lose confidence in yourself and your own leadership abilities.”
  5. “A great leader would be a person of all morals and ethics who is a genuinely good person and therefore someone that I can trust and is not going to lie, is not going to take advantage of me, is not going to misuse my troops or any of those things that it would sometimes come to mind.”
  6. “I never thought leadership was directly related to the volume of the voice.”
  7. “The bravest are the tenderest; the loving are the daring.”

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About Our Guest Tom Draude

Brigadier General Thomas V. Draude is a retired Marine Corps officer. Since retirement, Draude served with USAA and the Marine Corps University Foundation. He is currently an adjunct faculty member of St. Leo University in Florida, teaching on The Vietnam War, The Middle East and Modern Wars, and The Gulf Wars. He is also an adjunct faculty member at University of South Florida, teaching Why We Fight and How We Fight U.S. Wars.

To hear more about Tom’s journey, download this episode now.

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