Posted on Oct 12, 2017
CPT Christopher Coker
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SGT Joseph Gunderson
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This is how I see it. As a leader, or supervisor, I'm the quarterback. Those under my supervision are my receivers, running backs, and tight ends. It is not necessarily my job to get the ball to the end zone, rather I need to get the ball to one of my guys so they can get it there. I believe the same goes for being a leader. The mission is not necessarily my responsibility. I facilitate and direct in order for my subordinates to get the job done.

That being said, no one is going to work there butt of to put points on the board for a leader that treats them like crap. It is because of this that I believe that a leader, both military and civilian, need to demonstrate empathy and care about their people. In the military that might mean making sure your guys get the comp time they deserve or protect them from the bs that always seems to pop up when it's time to go home for the day. In the civilian world it is more like being understanding about emergencies that may come up, working the schedule to allow people to have the days off for special events, and being prepared to step up if someone needs to call in sick. Although it isn't necessarily the QBs job to move that ball, if there are no other options, sometimes you just have to suck it up and run. Take care of your people and they will take care of you and in turn the organization.
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CPT Christopher Coker
CPT Christopher Coker
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This is a great answer -- The football analogy is a nice touch.

I feel like what you're getting at is our ability to empower those around us to be successful. Being able to do that will facilitate what you mentioned in the second half of your response. Helping others achieve success is one of the best methods of leadership, and a sure-fire way to get others to buy into our vision and follow us.

Thanks for such awesome input!
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SSG(P) James J. Palmer IV aka "JP4"
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My style of leadership is to lead by example.

1. Train troops.
2. Take care of troops.
3. Leaving the product better than we found it.
4. Leave troops with something they can take away to their next assignment or into the civilian sector if they so choose.

I used to have some NCO friends who thankfully are not in the military anymore that used to lead by threats and intimidation. I am sorry that's not leadership, that's being ignorant. That's not me and it never will be. I didn't respect them at all and what they stood for.

JP
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CPT Christopher Coker
CPT Christopher Coker
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Really like the four tenets you laid out there, James.

I think those NCOs you are referring to fell into a (sad but true) trap found within the military and business. Authoritative "leadership". I use quotations because, to your point, it's not leadership at all. Soldiers are bound by honor, integrity and discipline to follow orders. They will follow orders -- even orders barked by bad leaders.

If our soldiers follow us because they want to, not because they have to, we know we are on to a strong style of leadership. It's clear that you fall among those with a strong style. Thanks for your service and leadership, JP!
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SSG(P) James J. Palmer IV aka "JP4"
SSG(P) James J. Palmer IV aka "JP4"
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CPT Christopher Coker

Sure thing and thanks for the connection and your service as well!
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My style has always been that of the quiet leader. I don't yell much and I don't let my emotions come through as much as I can help it. My philosophy is that no matter what's going on, the look on your face should tell everyone around you that that's exactly what you expected to happen. I expect everyone to do their jobs and I don't tolerate excuses. I listen to others and never assume that I have all the answers.
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CPT Christopher Coker
CPT Christopher Coker
12 mo
Great answer, Scott!

There's something to be said about our ability to stay calm under pressure.
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