Posted on Dec 9, 2013
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<p>Multiple times through out my career, I've run into leadership (mostly Officer side of the house) that operates with the understanding that they are the know all/end all of information and rightness (mostly LT's).</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I've noticed that even politely having a discussion with these types of leaders about how they address NCO's in formation, or talk to enlisted soldiers in general gives no results.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>How do you feel is the best way, as an NCO, to approach a leader who refuses to recognize subordinate leaders as leaders and simply as subordinates?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Officers, your opinions are welcome as well maybe you can give me/us some insight into the best way to approach you and your peers.</p>
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1SG Steven Stankovich
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Leaders who believe they are the "know all/end all of information and rightness" are almost the worst type of leaders (in my opinion). The worst type of leaders are the ones who actually day in and day out bring that beliefs to the table and it becomes their style.

Officers and Noncommissioned Officers have very distinct roles but those roles do "bleed over" which requires cross-talk and mutual respect. If that does not happen, then the unit as a whole will go into a downward spiral. Toxic leadership and other buzz words like that are then tossed around.

I would suggest that if you are experiencing this type of leadership within your organization that you bring it up to your PSG, 1SG and CSM. Each of those NCOs should have the "ear" of the PL, CO CDR and SQDN/BN CDR. It is very difficult to address or attempt to fix issues if they are not brought up.

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MAJ Joseph Parker
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MSG Stankovich: In my opinion you have given the most sound and professional advice to SSG Barin on this thread so far. He would be wise to heed it.
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My thoughts exactly, MSG Stankovich...

And if the situation gets bad enough, it's always entertaining to see the LT get chewed out by the 1SG...
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Most of the company-grade officers I have known, know better than to act like a know-it-all, unless it is widely understood that they had an NCO career before they were commissioned. SSGs and SFCs are the biggest know-it-alls, it seems, followed by MAJs, but over the years I learned that every MAJ goes through a time period when s/he's a jerk and it's usually when s/he's the S-3, so it will pass. ;)

So, to answer your question, whenever you have a bossypants giving you unsolicited advice, thank them politely for their opinion and tell them you will take it into consideration.
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SGT Ben Keen
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Tact was always an interesting thing while I was in the service. You are right, sometimes you get these leaders, both on the NCO side and the Officer side that feel he/she is the end-all-be-all to the military. This type of leader is toxic to all of those around and sadly, can get someone hurt or killed based on their refusal to listen to the input of others. But let's keep in mind, 2LTs and freshly prompted SGTs are facing a huge mountain to climb. You come into or reenter your unit with this new authority and you have to figure out the best to use it. Sure, you can come in like an idiot, yelling and throwing things around, making people do push ups and whatever other crazy stuff you think will "earn" you the respect or you can come in, remember where you came from and listen to those around you because they were in your shoes too. Sometimes the best leaders are those that stop talking and start listening.
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