Gen. Joe Dunford

Commander, U.S. Forces, Afghanistan


US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (C) steps off his helicopter with US Marine General Joseph Dunford (R), Commander of the International Security Force upon Hagel's arrival near Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan, on March 8, 2013. He has been leading men in battle for many years and has developed many leadership skills such as bravery, optimism, and adaptability. those abilities have allowed him to impact the lives of his men and countless others in and out of battle.


The Marine four-star general and leader of NATO's coalition in Afghanistan "is probably the most complete warrior-statesman wearing a uniform today," says a former Marine commandant. Dunford tells Fortune his first battalion commander told him the three rules to success. The first? Surround yourself with good people. "Over the years," says Dunford, "I've forgotten the other two."

What Makes General Dunford Stand Out From The Rest

Those traits of bravery, optimism, and adaptability have allowed him to stand out from the rest of the crowd. He has many other qualities of a true leader, but those some of his more prodominant qualities. I have bravery and optimism, but need to work on adaptibility if I want to go far in life whether that is in the military or business.. I if we could all work a little harder, anyone could be as good of a leader as General Dunford.
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Joseph F. Dunford Jr., commander of International Security Assistance Force, visits a sick Afghan child during a visit to the National Military Hospital.

Keys to Success

You do not have to present all leadership qualities to be a true leader. You really only need 3-5 to be a leader. Most icons actually only have about 3-5. Just work hard and believe in yourself and you can do anything.

Dalton DeLara