ASKTOP.net Readers we will begin posting a series of Articles by leaders who have been there and done that. Many of them have learned lessons the hard way and want to share their lessons learned with you so that you don’t have to learn from the “SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS!”
So I would like to introduce you to our FIRST GUEST POST. It comes to us VIA- SGM Clementson. This article was previously posted on LINKEDIN. I would encourage you to look SGM Clementson on LinkedIn and follow his post. We hope to have him as an active contributor on ASKTOP.net
Leadership is an Investment.
We have some fantastic supervisors within our military’s enlisted ranks but the real mentors are far too few – and it is an area I lacked awareness and skill. This is not an argument on the difference between managers and leaders – this is about the level of investment leaders put into relationships with their subordinates.
I had many service members join my teams when I was a young sergeant leading sections. I followed our processes by the book – starting with the initial counseling to lay out expectations on professional culture, performance, and how to address problems through the chain of command. Each month we readdressed performance and pointed out any notable successes and areas for improvement. We might identify training opportunities or set them on a college track to boost their skill-set, which was all geared toward improving their work and sending them on to the next assignment a little better than when they arrived.