Ten Leadership Principles from the Military Applied to Critical Care

Jessica L. Bunin, Kevin K. Chung*, Cristin A. Mount

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Core military leadership principles associated with success during wartime have previously translated to success in the civilian business and healthcare sectors. A review of these principles may be particularly valuable during times of increased and sustained stress in the intensive care unit. In this perspective paper, we provide an overview of 10 of these principles categorized under the following three essential truths: 1) planning is crucial, but adaptability wins the day; 2) take care of your people, and your people will take care of everything else; and 3) communication is the key to success.We reflect on these three truths and the 10 key principles that fall under them. As critical care physicians who have served in the military health system across two decades of war, we believe that internalizing these key leadership principles will result in optimized performance at multiple levels when crisis condition are encountered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-326
Number of pages10
JournalATS Scholar
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • crisis
  • critical care
  • leadership
  • military


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