Posted on Dec 15, 2013
SFC Randy Purham
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Providing Purpose, Direction and Motivation in our Soldiers/Employees gives them a sense of pride and ownership in the task(s) being delegated to them. Purpose meaning - What is the big picture and its importance of the task(s) being done. Direction meaning - how the task(s) should be most effectively be accomplished in the shortest and safest time to create efficiency. Motivation meaning the rewa...rding factor or benefits of getting the task(s) done. Statements like "Because I said so." "Don't worry about it, just do it." Causes lethargy and creates a stigma in the Soldier/Employee that their Leader is inept or really has no sense of why the job needs to be done, therefore creating "busy work". As a Leader -whatever the domain maybe - take time to talk to and explain things to your subordinates. Not only will they grow a greater appreciation for your time and leadership, but they will be more prideful in their job(s).
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SFC James Baber
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Randy,


That goes back to the mentality of lead from the front, if you can show your Soldier or employee that you are willing to take on the task as well as issue the task itself, that says volumes more than just sending it to be accomplished.


Show or demonstrate what it does mean in the end once completed and that everyone can be an active participant no matter how minute and they will have more respect for you and be more willing to attempt those many given without having to question why if they have trust and respect for you.


Great thought and posting for this type of forum, thanks for sharing and providing the initial input to get it started.

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James,

I agree with you. The problem that is being presented in the services now is that, if you're "broke" i.e. can't run, then you can't lead.  As I have explained to many other leaders that leadership does not encompass the ability to run with the Soldiers, I can teach/train someone on how to workout/run and not do it (having done that and they passed their PT test and shaved time off). I think the persona of leadership in the military has gone to if you can't do PT you can't lead.  This mentality has and is causing an outcast of good leaders from demonstrating their ability to provide the necessary guidance that our younger generation needs. Thank you as well for your response.

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