Posted on Jan 28, 2016
CPO Tim Dickey
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None of the boxes in the survey apply. They are helpful, but you cannot learn to lead from them alone. leadership is a trait learned thru experience and mentoring. I do think that practical training (leadership laboratory) helps because I have worked with Civil Air Patrol Cadets for many years and seen the cadets mature from shy and even immature people to effective leaders. I saw a young cadet at a CAP NCOS (leadership training for cadet NCOs) mature from a shy person who you could hardly give a drill command the beginning give an engaging speech on how to teach drill all over one weekend! It definitely can be learned--but just reading the book alone isnt enough, but very helpful once in a job where you are in the process of developing your leadership style!
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MSG Carmichael, thanks for yourcomm r nts the we're not just doing drill; they were also doing speeches and leaning about leadership in general. Throughout their career in the program they get experience in counseling, mentoring, planning, decision making and basically run the meetings and activities, (including that weekend) with adults providing mentoring and support along with the required legal supervision.
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CDR Kenneth Kaiser
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I would agree. A lot depends upon the environment and the individual. Sort of a blend between" you can lead a hose to water..." and "You can't fix stupid". I am in a situation now where I am dealing with educators who are trying to implement a management approach in a non profit environment They read the book but don't understand or appreciate the concepts involved in leadership. So while they can quote passages from the book chapter and voice they still can't lead.
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Craig Hatch
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As a civilian I am not really qualified to say whether these materials are helpful or not. It would be an unfair assessment, from my end to say yes or no. Because I have never been in any form of military training. With that being said, I would think they would be beneficial but not a necessity in learning leadership skills. I think it takes a special person with leadership abilities to learn the skills needed for leadership roles. But in the end first hand experience I think is the best tool. But then again I am just a civilian so I probably should just shut up, because I do not have the knowledge to na or ya it. If that makes any sense.
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As a young officer, one thing has been clear. Leaders are not born, they are made. And its only through hard work; yes people are born with an innate set of skills and abilities, nonetheless if its not hone and looked after you would not bloom to be the leader your set out to be.
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Thanks for sharing CPO Tim Dickey. I believe, after 33 years in the Army, and now in my next phase it was reinforced... That books (education) are part of the equation, but not the best or only answer; Experience matters too, if not more. I believe (and this has been more than reinforced in my current job) that leader (not management) development is actually done very well in the U.S. Military. Assuming one is physically and mentally capable of being a leader, the military provides those with the desire to lead, the training, education, and experience to be a good leader. Books, seminars, and college can't replace experiential learning. I believe you need the desire to lead, training, education, and experience. You and I could each write another book... CPO Tim Dickey
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CPO Tim Dickey
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Agree with you completely sir. I did write a book on leadership in the real world and I'm in the editing process now. Thanks for your response to the post.
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Any book you read regardless of the subject is simply to instill basic knowledge. You must then learn how to implement what you have learned into the subject. i.e. leadership, accounting, computers, etc.
This from a guy who reads on average a book a week.
I also learned more about farming from my Dad than I ever did from FFA.
LTC Steve Dolgin is correct when he said none of the boxes apply.
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