Marc Polymeropoulos Reveals 9 Leadership Principles from The CIA For Your Team or Organization!

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Distinguished 26 Year CIA Veteran

About Marc

Marc Polymeropoulos retired from the Senior Intelligence Service ranks in 2019 after serving for 26 years in the Intelligence Community in operational field and leadership assignments. He is an expert in counterterrorism, covert action, and human intelligence collection. Marc is one of IC's most highly decorated field officers and has honed a unique leadership style based on decision making under pressure, inclusivity, camaraderie, and competition. His book "Clarity in Crisis:  Leadership Lessons from the CIA" was published in June 2021 by Harper Collins.  Marc's goal is to pass on this knowledge to the sports and business world who can benefit from his unique experiences serving his country in the hot spots of the world.

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Finding Clarity in the Shadows

Unique Leadership Style

Marc has honed a unique leadership style based on nine core principles which he terms “Finding Clarity in the Shadows.” Each principle builds on the next and is designed for real world applicability, where one often operates under time constraints and with a lack of complete situational awareness. Marc describes how one must not fear but instead wildly embrace this ambiguity. His unique leadership style is based on years of hard time on the streets of the third world vice learning leadership from university lectures or books. The “Glue Guy,” “Winning an Oscar,” and “Adversity is the PED to Success” are just some of the principles that his clients will immediately relate to. Marc will provide real work vignettes from the world of intelligence and paramilitary operations, yet also stress that his principles can be used across the private sector in any profession. He also will provide a checklist for clients to immediately utilize and put his principles into practice. Marc also expounds on these principles in his book, Clarity in Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the CIA, published by Harper Collins in June 2021.


Media Appearances

“Marc was one of the finest CIA officers that I encountered in my career.  He was tough, smart, and had the honesty and integrity that we demanded from our people.  One of the most highly decorated field operations officers of his generation, he led from the front with compassion and conviction for those under his command.  lf people knew the work he has done in the shadows of the Middle East, Europe, and Russia, they would sleep easier at night."

Michael Morell
Former Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

"If you want to be the one who says "send me," who raises their hand to lead when the going is toughest, who embraces ambiguity and runs forward when others want to flee, follow Marc's leadership principles. He delivers the goods.”

Anthony Scaramucci
Founder of SkyBridge Capital

"Polymeropoulos, a huge baseball fan who coached a son now playing in college, deftly mixes sports and spying in presenting nine leadership concepts he believes are universal. He also offers a window into his own gregarious personality, including references to his many friendships formed over chili and beer at his favorite dive joint, the Vienna Inn.”

Ken Dilanian
NBC News

“Marc gives tremendous insight into learning from failure, developing people and becoming a leader.  Everyone is in some sort of leadership position, whether it is at home, work, or on the field, and for that reason, I highly recommend this book"

Jimmy Jackson
Associate Head Coach, James Madison University Baseball

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