JC Glick: A Warrior’s Wisdom

A combat veteran brings original and unconventional concepts on education, leadership, and resiliency into the private sector and to the non-profit world.

Intrapersonal intelligence is no small thing. It is one of the rarer forms of intelligence of which there are seven, according to psychologist Howard Gardner. This form of intelligence is introspective, a calm that comes from knowing. A person having this gift knows himself and is at peace with who he is. He can handle what life hands him.

Rarer still is a combination of gifts involving several types of intelligence such as intrapersonal, interpersonal, kinesthetic, and logic. Great leaders from history were anomalies like this, able to assess, devise a plan of action, and lead by example. These ancient warriors were also deep thinkers and philosophers out of necessity. The world wasn’t always the relatively peaceful, cushy place it is now. The times were brutal. Thinking men who could navigate the storm of ever-changing world events were victorious.

This rare type of leader still exists today. His name is JC Glick. His mission is to impart the triumphant warrior philosophy to any leader willing to learn it.

A Studious Boy and Self-Admitted Nerd

Glick was born in Plainfield, New Jersey, and attended high school in Massachusetts. He later attended the University of Rhode Island, excelling in both academics and sports. and in 1995, earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science. With four years on the Dean’s List and a President’s Award for Academic Excellence in hand, he also been an Army ROTC Cadet, subsequently earning multiple awards for his astute leadership. His leadership skills were cultivated and honed by a cadre of Noncommissioned Officers and Officers that recognized his potential. After graduation, he entered the Army as a Regular Army Second Lieutenant.

Sua Sponte — Rangers Lead the Way

Trained as an elite Airborne Ranger, Glick became a platoon leader with the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg. He completed a successful deployment to Haiti and competed in the 1997 Best Ranger Competition, but wanted to do more, test himself. He volunteered for the 75th Ranger Regiment at Ft. Benning, Georgia, and served with the Regiment in two battalions and the Regimental Headquarters for over 8 years. His leadership skills led to promotions as Captain, Major, and final Lieutenant Colonel during his 20-year career that included a jaw-dropping 11 combat deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and included deployments to the Pacific and Africa. Glick was an incredible warrior, no question. But it was his philosopher’s creed that would steer him onto the path defining his life and the lives of others following in his footsteps.

Fighting the Unpredictable

As a Major, and now a seasoned combat vet with 5 deployments under his belt, Glick attended the United States Naval War College earning Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. His first assignment upon graduation was to the Army’s new Direct Reporting Unit, the Asymmetric Warfare Group or AWG. AWG’s motto is Think. Adapt. Anticipate. Their mission is to give real-time command solutions to a modern battlefield of constantly changing parameters. Sounding like just the challenge for a seasoned, thinking leader, Glick was the perfect man for the job.

Using History to Conquer the Future

 A student of history, Glick studied ancient warriors and their methods, both practical and philosophical. He posited that this wisdom had enormous value to use in fighting against any future unknown battlefield strategy. His rationale was to change the leadership dynamic. Instead of motivating merely to avoid a negative outcome, a group should be inspired internally toward a positive one, from forcing the external to inspiring the cerebral. A person will only act to avoid a negative outcome a few times before they don’t care. A person inspired will continue to feel this way and, in turn, inspire others.

As Glick noted in his TEDxHammondSchool Talk in 2018, “Motivation has a shelf life. Inspiration doesn’t.” Be inspired, watch his TEDx Talk video here…

The Inquisitive Warrior

 During his tenure at AWG, Glick had multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, and other areas of interest around the globe, where he put his leadership theories to the most rigorous test known to man: on the battlefield. Could his method inspire troops to draw strength and problem-solve from within themselves on the fly in the heat of battle? The answer was yes. Glick not only shared his findings, but drew new knowledge from battle-tested leaders around him. The result was a list of the four most essential traits in a leader: loyalty, humility, curiosity, and empathy.

A Transformational Leader

Glick followed his deployments with an assignment as a Senior Fellow at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA, where his acquired knowledge came to fore for the good of America’s future national security. Glick was selected as a Battalion Commander of a Basic Combat Training Unit, where he and his Drill Sergeants used their knowledge from the field of battle to create a new type of thinking Soldier. A Soldier that did not wait to be told what to do, but one who did the right thing, at the right time for the right reason. He finished his career as the Commander of what was known as Victory College, a unit comprised of the Army’s Fitness School, the Army’s Resiliency School, and the Training and Doctrine Command’s Leadership School. Here, he again, tried to adapt the force to a new way of thinking, with a foundation of combat, with a mission of putting people first.

Upon his retirement from the military in 2015, Glick penned his first book, A Light in the Darkness – Leadership Development for the Unknown, with Sarah Ngu, published in 2017. It featured a foreword by General Stanley McChrystal and had a significant impact on not just military leadership techniques, but carried over successfully to the private sector. Iconic companies like Microsoft and sports franchises like the NFL, Denver Broncos, and Carolina Panthers have implemented his strategies with incredible, transformational results.

“Not a Coach But an Advisor.”

 The above quote is from an introductory interview by Speakerbuzz; the motivational speaking agency Glick signed on with to continue spreading his successful leadership methodology. As he puts it, he advises on change from within each person, and he continues to change and improve by listening to the wisdom of people he meets every day. His Facebook feed is evidence of this. In Glick’s view, you must never grow up, or you’ll stop growing, and growth is key to adapting and overcoming the unforeseen challenges in business and life.

Speaker, Author, Hippie

 During his illustrious and mind-blowing military career, Glick earned countless accommodations, including three Bronze Stars, three Meritorious Service Medals, and many others. But Glick would be the first to insist that great leadership is not about what you’ve done, but what you can learn and continue to learn. And despite his stereotypical warrior appearance, he’s a sensitive, thoughtful guy with a little hippie in him. His idealistic hopes for the future include a kinder world with kinder people in it. With any luck, realizing his dreams will be achieved with more and more of us exhibiting a combination of interpersonal and intrapersonal intelligence.

In other words, we’ll all eventually become like the ancient warrior philosopher, wise and strong.

We’ll all be a little more like JC Glick. What a wonderful world that would be.