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Podcast #383: The Mask of Command | The Art of Manliness

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There’s a lot out there about leaders needing to be authentic.

But what if you need to put on a mask to truly be effective as a leader?

That’s what my guest today suggests. He makes his living teaching actors how to put on the mask of the masculine soldier. His name is Dale Dye, and he’s a retired Marine captain who served in Vietnam, and he’s the owner of Warriors, Inc., a company that consults actors and filmmakers on how to make war movies more realistic. Today on the show, Dale and I discuss how he went from a career in the military to a career in film and what many filmmakers get wrong about war. Using war historian John Keegan’s book “The Mask of Command” as a starting point, Dale and I discuss why social masks are necessary in leadership and war. Dale share his insights about social masks from years of teaching actors how to be soldiers, why it’s important to have multiple masks in your arsenal, and knowing when to put them on in different situations.

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