Posted on Dec 2, 2015
COL Mikel J. Burroughs
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Leaders when is the last time you noticed?

RP Members, Current Leaders, and Future Leaders. When was the last time you took a moment out of your day to notice those around you that are part of your success as a leader or those that are a critical part of your team or organization?

It is easy to get caught up in your own agenda, goals, and priorities - take a break and notice those around you! Make their day and build a stronger team in the process! Just my opinion - I'm sure there are other Leaders that will add to this conversation - I'm sure of it!

http://leadingwithtrust.com/2015/11/15/leaders-when-is-the-last-time-you-noticed/

I have to admit, it’s easy for me not to notice. I get focused on my own goals and priorities and everything else around me seems to fade from view. That focused attention is a good thing when I need to meet a deadline or accomplish an important task, but when it comes to leading people, it’s a deadly mistake. I can get so wrapped up in my own agenda that I neglect to notice the needs of my team members.

I know I’m not alone here. Many people fall into the same trap because they think that’s what leaders are supposed to do. Make decisions, be in lots of meetings, and wear our busyness like a badge of courage. Let me be the first to break the news to you—that’s not how you should lead. We need to be more available. A leader’s best ability is availability.

You may not think being a good “noticer” is important but I’d argue otherwise. I think it’s one of the top priorities for leaders because it makes you other-focused rather than self-focused.
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LTC Stephen F.
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I pray for some of the people who helped me while I was a leaders as part of my daily prayer list - God put them on my heart and I remember those people daily COL Mikel J. Burroughs.
I also pray for the POTUS as the Bible instructs us to pray for those appointed over us that we may live peaceful and quiet lives. I have been praying for the POTUS and his wife since HW Bush was President. I also pray for teh members of the SCOTUS and select members for Congress.
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PFC David Ryba
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Amen!
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MAJ Robert (Bob) Petrarca
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Whenever I talk to someone about my successes as an Army officer I always mention the fantastic NCOs I was fortunate to have had riding shotgun with me. It was truly a team effort in those days, an experience I sorely miss in the civilian world. Now days, it seems most people are only out for themselves and their agenda, not what's best for the team. Promoting and pinning medals on young soldiers and watching them grow and become NCOs, watching those young 2LTs take on greater responsibility and become 1LTs and CPTs, - there's no words to describe the sense of pride you feel knowing that you had a small hand in your subordinates' successes because you provided the environment and leadership that led to their success. "To us and those like us, there's damn few of us left!"

Than being said, in my latest job, I work for a manager who truly does take care of his team in many ways. Though not former military, he knows the value of teamwork and backing his teams play. I give my boss Steve high marks for the efforts he makes in providing a good work environment and leadership!
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SPC Margaret Higgins
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MAJ Robert (Bob) Petrarca, You can know with certainty, that you have always come through for me; when I have counted on you.
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PFC David Ryba
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You got that right, Bob.
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MSgt Curtis Ellis
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COL Mikel J. Burroughs Unknowingly pretty much on a daily basis as many of my former instructors are now my peers, as well as many of my former students. And now? We are all a winning team sharing the same goals and missions! I agree that being a good “noticer” is important, as are many other traits, and had it not been for your post, I wouldn't have given it a second thought, nor would I have realized that, although "retired", I still carry many traits and habits of that leader I thought I had stopped being a long time ago...
Thanks for the reminder! :)
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PFC David Ryba
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Great story, Curtis.
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MSgt Curtis Ellis
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PFC David Ryba - Thank you for reading!
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COL Mikel J. Burroughs
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MSgt Curtis Ellis Awesome - thanks for sharing!
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