Jan 3, 2018
Dr. Sudip Bose, one of the world’s leading physicians, and an
entrepreneur, philanthropist, Bronze Star recipient and CNN Hero,
shares what he learned in the emergency room and on the battlefield
on how to inspire others to find their grit and lead.
[9:47] In the military, Sudip
learned to rise to challenges. Work out, strengthen your mind, and
keep your principles. You are responsible for the people you
[11:58] Optimism is contagious
but maintain realism. Leadership balances the qualitative and
quantitative aspects. Vision is qualitative. Profit margins are
quantitative. Balance optimism and realism.
[20:42] Authenticity lets you
make the tough decisions in the right way. Sudip recalls working on
the insurgent who had just killed his friend.
[22:43] Communicating well is
the one critical skill that 91% of employees in a Harris Poll said
that leaders lack. The same survey said business leaders and
managers lack emotional intelligence in how they communicate.
Praise success and take the blame for mistakes. The buck stops
[31:35] Studying is different
from being in the field. You can prepare so much, but fresh
challenges will come, and you will be shot at. Go back to your
training and stick with your principles, and learn from
[35:06] Sudip speaks to groups
and uses the funds to help injured veterans. He translates
experiences from the emergency room and the military into lessons
tailored to the audience. Leaders are born, but they are not born
leaders. Sudip froze at his first medical code. Leaders learn from
their mistakes and experiences. They have to learn the quantitative
and qualitative aspects of their roles.
[36:39] Successful people have
grit. Find your grit and be the leader you want to be. Passion goes
with grit and perseverance. Use your life’s experiences to improve.
Sudip says if he can go from freezing at a code to becoming a
leading physician, then anyone can use their grit to improve and
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“Being a servant leader, you
serve the people you lead.”
“Courage isn’t necessarily the
absence of fear. It’s just knowing that there’s something
“[Emergencies] bring you to the
edge of your discomfort and you learn from it so that you can be a
better leader later.”
Leaders balance confidence and
optimism with the realities of a tough situation.
“If you can’t inspire yourself,
how the heck are you going to inspire others?”
“Mistakes are good. Mistakes
mean decisions are being made, and we’ll fix [the
Authenticity overcomes concerns
about being liked.
“We like to be liked as leaders
... but ... you have to balance the qualitative and the
“Healthy and productive
communication requires connection, but it also requires
“When there’s success, give
credit. When there’s error, take the blame.”
Find your grit.
“In history, no leaders have had
to process so much information to make a simple
It’s easy to be a giver,
considering all that has been given to you by so many.
Sudip Bose, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, is a former major in the U.S. Army and an
Iraq war veteran, and selected as the U.S. physician who treated
Saddam Hussein after his capture, for which he was honored as a
“CNN Hero.” He is a practicing emergency physician at Medical
Center Hospital in Odessa, TX and serves as the City Medical
Director for Odessa. For his outstanding work in medicine,
Dr. Bose has been recognized as one of the “World’s Leading
Physicians” as well as one of “America’s Healthcare Leaders.” Dr.
Bose continues to serve his country. His prior experience
influenced him to start www.TheBattleContinues.org, a nonprofit
charity which helps veterans and educates the public on
- Recognized as one of the "Leading Physicians of
the World" by the International Association of Healthcare
war veteran, recognized as a "CNN Hero" for receiving the Bronze
Star and being selected as the US physician who treated Saddam
Hussein after his capture. He served one of the longest continuous
combat tours by a military physician since World War
Books mentioned in this episode
Everybody Lies: Big Data, New
Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really
Are, by Seth
Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Value,
by Bill George
Grit: The Power of Passion and
Perseverance, by Angela