Navigating Leadership Storms: A True Tale of Resilience with Mark “Oz” Geist

April 2, 2024
Travis Hearne


The storms of leadership can test the mettle of even the most seasoned leaders, and Mark “Oz” Geist’s story is a testament to navigating leadership storms with valor and wisdom. His experience during the Benghazi attack exemplifies the essence of authentic leadership—making life-or-death decisions under the most extreme pressures. In today’s tumultuous business and political climates, understanding how to navigate leadership storms has never been more critical, and Geist’s insights offer a powerful blueprint for success.

Why is navigating leadership storms crucial in these times? This pivotal question anchors an insightful conversation on Through the Storm. Host Dr. Travis Hearne welcomes Mark “Oz” Geist to explore the turbulent waters of leadership in crisis, providing lessons as applicable in the boardroom as they are on the battlefield.

Throughout the episode, several key points on navigating leadership storms take center stage:

  • Embracing the “Buffalo Leadership” mindset to confront challenges head-on
  • Geist’s gripping narrative of the 2012 Benghazi attacks, where his leadership saved lives and showcased the profound impact of composed decision-making
  • Insights into how every person can embody leadership, regardless of their official position

Mark “Oz” Geist embodies a leader who has weathered and navigated leadership storms. His career journey from the U.S. Marine Corps to becoming a pivotal figure in Benghazi and, later, a best-selling author and advocate for veterans is a narrative rich with lessons on resilience and responsibility. Geist’s role in establishing the Shadow Warriors Project further solidifies his commitment to guiding others through their personal and professional storms.

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