Posted on May 23, 2016
COL Mikel J. Burroughs
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RP Members what are some the very best training methods or classes that will create GREAT leaders?

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What's overrated and what's not?

What's missing in today's training for leaders?
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COL Mikel J. Burroughs Sir, training and experience are good, but mentoring by someone that cares helps develop great leaders.
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MSG Military Police
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Pretty much my thoughts as well. Coaching and mentoring from a great leader.
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SSgt Boyd Welch
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I agree. Everything that I learned about leadership came from two people: My dad who worked his way up from stock boy to VP of Logistics for his company. The other was being mentored by my first shop chief in the Air Force. CMsgt Mosely, wherever you are, thanks for investing yourself in a skinny timid kid from Louisiana. Your investment in me has paid dividends many times over. One on one mentorship puts people on the right track.
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CMSgt Mark Herrington - That's not just an AF problem, I know for a fact it is an Army problem as well. I think at one point we became too worried about the me and stopped focusing on the future. I know I had one mentor and when he retired everyone else seemed to be there for their resume and ERB only. I have college classes with active service members, usually junior enlisted, and the advice I give them at breaks or after class they aren't getting from their leadership anymore.
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SSgt Boyd Welch
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CMSgt Mark Herrington - What I learned was this...Teach, push and step back...teach push and step back. Don't always be the "go-to-guy". Let people think things through, have them propose their solution, ask questions where necessary to nudge their thinking and give them ownership....
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LCDR Sales & Proposals Manager Gas Turbine Products
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I personally don't believe you can teach leadership in a classroom. You can provide a background for someone to develop in...but experience is the best teacher. A "good" leader has made mistakes...and learned from them.
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COL Mikel J. Burroughs
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LCDR (Join to see) Nicely stated - thanks for sharing your thoughts!
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Capt Seid Waddell
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The best leadership training environment is in the shadow of a great leader.
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MAJ L. Nicholas Smith
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I've learned just as much from bad leadership unfortunately!
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Capt Seid Waddell
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MAJ L. Nicholas Smith, unfortunately, there are so many more ways to fail than to succeed in leadership, in my experience. Bad leaders teach one what to avoid, but not necessarily how to lead effectively.
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MAJ L. Nicholas Smith
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Exactly, they teach you what "not to do" just as good leadership will demonstrate the qualities and habits to emulate.
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