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 …Read More
As a young 1SG I encountered a high speed Captain in our Battalion Commo. She was always finding ways to motivate Soldiers and get more out of her Soldiers. I was extremely impressed with her. Eventually we struck up a professional relationship and without knowing it she began to mentor me. One afternoon the subject revolved around how to motivate Soldiers in an environment with limited opportunities for recognition. She looked at me and asked “Hey 1SG you ever think about writing a letter home to the Soldier’s parents or Spouse?” Naturally being the immature hard ass I was.. my response was something like “And why the hell would I write Mommy and Daddy?” She replied with her usual smile and in her you just don’t get it do you sarcastic voice “How would you feel if the Battalion Commander took a moment to write a letter home to your …Read More
Just as military units avoid committing their forces to diversionary attacks and feints, leaders must be alert to being drawn into minor skirmishes that sap their strength and divert valuable assets from the mission. On an individual level, personality conflicts are a prime example of this.
Recently I had the opportunity to review a course for Company Commanders in the Army National Guard or Army Reserves. The course is entitled Part-Time Commander: How to Lead a Company in the National Guard or Army Reservesby Charles “Chuck” Holmes. Chuck and I have a professional relationship and occasionally communicate with each other. We are both passionate about helping Leaders and Soldiers better themselves within their chosen profession. What follows is my opinion of the course content and structure.
When you are confronted by a soldier determined to butt heads with you and resist your efforts to get him or her to do their job and meet the standards, it is extremely frustrating. While you might have enough to process them for an administrative discharge, you will still be stuck with them until the separation is completed, a process which invariably takes longer than you expect. And there is no guarantee that the replacement you get, if you get one, will be a better soldier. In addition, recommending too many soldiers for separation can subject you to criticism by your supervisors, who may question your leadership ability or be unwilling to support your action.
Today, I want to share my top 7 leadership tips for today’s Army NCO. These tips are unconventional tips that you might not learn in your NCOES. However, I believe that all of these ideas can benefit you immensely if you keep an open mind and apply what you learn.