Sharing the Principles of Adaptive Leadership

With 34 years in the US Army at his heels, Lieutenant General Rick Lynch has distinguished himself as an exceptional leader and strategist through his chameleon-like ability to adapt to change despite the most challenging obstacles. From surmounting his parents’ inability to pay for college by gaining entry to West Point to leading “The Surge” in Iraq as Army General with only six weeks to prepare, Lieutenant General Lynch has constructed a disciplined and effective mantra for success, which he shares with audiences across the country today.

From company (about 100 soldiers) to corps (about 65,000 soldiers) to the head of all US Army installations, Lynch steadily climbed his way up, eventually commanding at all levels. Matching the professional acumen of established business leaders, he was responsible for managing all the installations in the US Army with an annual budget of $12 billion and a workforce of 120,000. Combining this impeccable work ethic with an open heart, he also effectively lowered divorce and suicide rates at Fort Hood, Texas, by outlawing weekend work and mandating soldier family time.

In his commanding presentations, Lynch captivates audiences with the tenor of his voice and the approachable, conversational nature of his tone. Drawing on his personal experience in and out of combat, he powerfully illustrates his principles, from the foundation of business leadership to the need for resiliency and engagement. 

Lieutenant General Rick Lynch was my former Assistant Division Commander when I commanded a Battalion in the 4th Infantry Division. He is a superb combat leader having commanded at every level in the US Army. Now, even though he has hung up his camouflage uniform, LTG Lynch continues to serve his nation. He is a phenomenal speaker who has “boots on the ground” experience and articulately delivers a phenomenal presentation on adaptive leadership. LTG Lynch should know since he was the Commanding General of the US 3d Infantry Division during the critical days of “the surge” in Iraq. I wholeheartedly recommend LTG Lynch as a speaker, not because he was my Commander – but because he was my Mentor.

-Lieutenant Colonel Allen B West (US Army, Retired)    President/CEO, National Center for Policy Analysis  and  Member 112th US Congress

General Lynch weaves together patriotism, leadership, love for his country and his faith in a powerful message that American’s need to hear.  His presentation is warm, sometimes funny, but always with a purpose and he connects well with the audience as I’m sure he did with his troops.  America is fortunate that he served our country and we were fortunate to have him inspire our group!  

-Eileen Resnik  Executive Vice President of Development at the National Center for Policy Analysis

Speaking Topics

The Nine Leadership Principles

Ascending from Platoon Leader with 30 people under his command to the head of all US Army installations, Lieutenant General Rick Lynch has been able to clearly identify the qualities an effective leader needs. In this engaging presentation, Lynch will walk you through the nine leadership principles he has come to embrace over his 34 years in the US Army. They are the following:

  • Look down, not up: People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care
  • Decide when to decide: Take the time to think
  • Be an engaged leader: Love your subordinates like you love your own children
  • Focus on opportunities, not obstacles
  • Be demanding but not demeaning: Everyone must perform to their fullest potential
  • Be a mentor: Be accessible, actively listen, and truly care
  • Always celebrate diversity: Don’t surround yourself with people like you!
  • Achieve a work-life balance
  • Have fun: If the boss ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!

Some of the organizations that Rick has spoken to include, but are not limited to:


Faith Creek Church

Tech Data



Purdue- Ft. Wayne

Bush Institute

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

Evangelical Lutheran Christians of America

BNP Paribas

Immanuel Lutheran Church

Memorial Baptist Church

St Martin’s Episcopal Church

Soapstone United Methodist Church


Price of Liberty Memorial

University of North Carolina

Ovation Users Group, Emerson

Youth Leadership Conference, Texas A&M

Thayer Leader Development Group / Insight

HEB Legacy Leaders

Immanuel Lutheran Church

Faith Creek Church

Christians in Public Service

Fort Worth ISD Teacher of the Year ceremony

Michigan Army National Guard

Bayer Pharmaceuticals

Indiana University ROTC

Shire Pharmaceuticals

University of Texas Arlington

Society of American Military Engineers


Fitton Center


Holmes Murphy Associates University

Hodges Capital Management

Colleyville Assembly of God

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Wisconsin National Guard

Coppell Texas Fire Department

Addison Texas Fire Department

Life Church Men’s Ministry

1st Medical Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas

Ennis, Texas Rotary Club

AFJROTC, Westlake, TXHouston Rotary Club

Westin Riverwalk Hotel

Hamilton High School

BNP Paribas, NYCNational Center for Policy Analysis

Sunbelt Rentals

Trophy Club Country Club networking social

Hale Koa

Mikart Pharmaceuticals

Sigma Financial

National Center For Policy Analysis

Republican party of Boone County, Arkansas

USMA cadets

Texas Christian University

Plains All American Pipeline

Dallas Fort Worth Airport Leadership & Staff

University of Texas @ Arlington College of Business


Zen Sights

Christian Broadcast Network Interview

HEB Veterans Day Celebration

xTO Energy, Fort Worth

Philanthropy Round Table

Operation Finally Home Wounded Warrior Weekend

UPitt State of the Science

Youth Leadership Conference College Station

Youth Leadership Conference Fort Worth

Defense Logistics Agency

Christians in Public Service

HEB Tournament of Champions

American Legion Division Champions

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Memorial Day Event

AUVSI Orlando

Exxon Mobile

HEB San Antonio Retiree Celebration

Dallas Independent School District Teacher of the Year

Gary Sinise Foundation Fundraiser

LULAC Scholarship Presentation

National Robotics Engineering Center

HEB Corpus Christi Retiree Celebration

Cincinnati West Point Founders Day

USC School of Social Work

Willis Group

International Builders Show

Plano, TX Rotary Club

UTD Center for Brain Health

Governing God’s Way Leadership Conference

UTA ROTC Commissioning

Texas Military Preparedness Commission

Westlake Texas Chamber of Commerce

Texas Association of College and University Police Administrators

HEB Tournament of Champions

Cristo Rey High School Commencement Address

Texas Commander’s Council

Crown Of Life Lutheran Church

Nashville Inspiration to Action Event for the Gary Sinise Foundation

Comments from attendees at a recent speech:

  • Five stars for this 3-Star General. Outstanding choice for a speaker. Pages of notes taken. An investment by Cisco in having him here with us that I know will pay dividends for anyone listening and willing to put his advice to work in our “outfits”.
  • Extremely relevant and well worth the time.  I took many areas of advice to heart. Great job, great story and a great leader. Thank you
  • What a great speaker!  Humbling to listen to someone who has sacrificed so much in his life to provide leadership and freedom for so many.
  • Awesome and very motivating!!
  • Perfect for a Day 1 close out that created conversation over dinner.
  • Is there  A survey results higher than excellent?
  • Completely relevant to what we do each and every day.  I really enjoyed how General Lynch used stories to convey his overarching message.  It was one of the better presentations I have ever listened to, and I could have spent several hours listening to him!!!!  Great idea to have him take part in this forum, and I really appreciate the personal signed copy of his book.  What a nice touch.  I can’t wait to read it!!!!
  • One of the best guest speakers!
  • Inspiring- the personally signed book was a nice touch- well done!
  • Very much enjoyed Lt. General Rick Lynch

If you would like more information on having Rick speak to your group, please contact us.

Emerson Speech

Click here to see Fort Worth ISD Teacher of the Year Speech

Govern’s God’s Way Leadership Conference

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  4. I worked for Lt. General Rick Lynch as a BBA at the former Iraqi Republican Palace from 2005-7. To make it short, I can confidently say that this man was created to be a high caliber leader. He is ultra intelligent, charismatic, compassionate but firm, highly principled and dynamic. I wish he thought about running for president. He would’ve been and could make a superb president. I would be the first to volunteer for him. I keep telling my good friend, retired US Army Colonel David Patterson, how much I miss those days even though I went back to Baghdad to work for the Embassy until late in 2011.

    Please send me the speaking schedule, I might travel from Michigan to attend his lectures. Thanks

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