Posted on Jul 19, 2019
Cpl Kevin Henderson
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I was recently talking with some people at a birthday party, and one person made a comment that "leadership goes up the chain of command". His opinion was that the qualities and character of the "lowest man on the totem pole " are a reflection of the quality of their leader, and their leader's leader, and so on all the way to the top. Do you believe there's any truth to that?
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1SG John Furr
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That sounds very cliche... influence surely; however, command teams are often swapped out every 2-3 years which presents a different look. I've always said E7 and above control the climate, and E6 and below control the culture.
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CAPT Kevin B.
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I hate cliche' answers because they don't focus much on reality vs. nirvana. Seniors should lead and work to have their juniors grow up to take over. Juniors should be in sponge mode and learn what good leadership can do for you. It makes life easier for everyone around, including you, and keeps people alive. The more senior you get, the more expendable you should be because any number of your staff can fill in or take over. At some point you'll realize like I did that some leaders should go further than you. At that point, push them up and support them. Others should be held back. Make that happen too. Why? If your focus is on getting stuff done while taking care of your people, you'll work to limit the flaming Alpha Hotels while giving those who have vast potential opportunity. Good leaders absorb the arrows from above so their good folk can get on with their lives. Sometimes you get damaged by those arrows. But then again, bringing your people home alive is vastly superior to the alternatives.
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SGM Operations Ncoic
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"You're either coaching it or allowing it to happen."
That is as true in the military as it is in sports.
That's not to say that a COL allowed a Lance Coolie to get a DUI, the Lance Coolie next to him allowed it to happen.
But that Lance Coolie allowed it to happen because the CPL and SGT that deal with him 12 hours a day allow things to happen, because the Staff and Gunny that deal with them allow things to happen, because the CPT they work for allows things to happen, etc.
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CW4 Craig Urban
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You have to give a soldier the time to fail in garrison. Not on the battlefield
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