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(Video) General Mattis Talks Leadership Lessons And Knife-Kill Casuality Radius

February 22, 2017

In a video released by the Marine Corps, retired Marine Corps General James “Mad Dog” Mattis shares the life lessons he has learned about leadership and how his experience in the Marine Corps has affected it.

Mattis spends roughly 16 minutes answering questions about leadership from Marines and the general public. The questions were asked through social media.

Here is the list of questions that Mattis answers in the video:

What is the toughest decision you had to make while in the Marine Corps and did you ever regret your decision?

How did you stay motivated throughout your Marine Corps career?


How do you keep improving as a leader to meet the demand of each role in your career?

There was a cold night in Afghanistan when you were walking the perimeter by yourself, greeting a bunch of young Marines. What were you thinking about?

What is the one leadership lesson that you learned as a General grade officer that you wish you had known your whole career?

What leadership books do you recommend?

What did you look for in your NCO’s and how should the relationship between an NCO and an officer compliment each other?

What in your opinion is the most important leadership trait and why?

What is the kill-casualty radius of the knife-hand?


See his inspiring responses for yourself below: