As a MSG with only 16 years in the Army I am often asked how I got promoted so quickly. My answer is simple: I’ve always “lucked up”! I was surrounded with great people and I took the opportunity to get to know who I work with and who I support. When I speak of getting to know someone I mean showing a genuine concern for their Family, wellbeing, and understanding their weak areas and strengths.
It is very easy to point out someone’s weaknesses however as an Leader we need to understand that no one is perfect and providing assistance or complimenting their weaknesses with your strengths can accomplish the mission with a greater sense of purpose and unify the team. Soldiers will go the extra mile if they know you care. When they personally respect you that’s leadership…all Soldiers have to respect the rank/position…that’s self-discipline. When they know you care they respect you as a leader and by extension your position.