Show you care and you will not only come to know your Soldiers; your Soldiers will to open up and provide you with feedback. When they let you know about an issue its time to share your knowledge, lessons learned or provide assistance by finding a subject matter expert (SME) that can assist them. As leaders we find these SMEs through ACS or other supporting agencies.
Our goal as leaders should be to develop our Soldiers so that we can entrust them with leading our own children in future combat operations. Will you trust your Soldiers to lead your child or loved ones in the future? If your answer is “No”, I would encourage you to find out why the answer is “No” and strive to ensure it becomes an absolute “YES”, I can trust my Soldiers to lead my child into combat. Keep in mind that how your train is just as important as what you train. Make your Soldiers better, develop them as leaders early, share your hard won lessons learned, encourage self-development, going to college, financial readiness, physical fitness, tactical and technical proficiency, etc.