Posted on Feb 11, 2020
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I was thinking of something on the way to my room today, as I had just got done talking to one of my Soldiers. I like to think about what I could do to improve my environment to create more positive change. My thought was, "If my Soldiers feel like they're a burden on me, I'm not leading them effectively." I do have them communicate with their squad leaders, however there are times where I like to address the needs and concerns of my Soldiers individually (lead by example and lead from the front). I do however have them give their NCOs the courtesy of knowing that I've talked to them. I also talk to my squad leaders and mentor them on how to be effective as leaders. I feel like I allow my squad leaders to absorb some training value from that.

What are some effective methods that y'all use to lead your Soldiers?
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CW5 Jack Cardwell
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Share your knowledge, don't hoard it. Use mistakes as a teaching moment. If they ask you about a regulation or technical question do not answer it. Point them to the proper regulation or technical manual and have them look it up.

Just my two cents worth.
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I like the directing them to the FM or AR. That might be the best advice I've heard all year (all two months of it)
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Actually talking to them and not making them feel like you are too superior to make time for them. Nobody is superior, only more senior. Just friggin socialize with them appropriately. If a leader thinks giving the silent treatment is a leadership strategy, they are wayyyy wrong.
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I totally agree with you.
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SFC James J. Palmer IV aka "JP4"
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Easy. By giving a damn.

1. Taking timeout to see what is going on in their life.
-1a. Take myself a notepad and pen to jot down any issues/questions they ask.
2. Asking about family, pets, etc.
3. Asking if they have any questions on their training and job duties.
-3a. If no, good deal. Gravy. If yes, don't berate and cuss them out. Train them.

A strong Soldier is the result of a strong leader and a strong family support system.

JP
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This answer right here is basically the foundation for positive climate and leadership. But you also have to follow through: if a Soldier brings you an issue, you address and resolve it.
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SFC James J. Palmer IV aka "JP4"
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Amen to that sir. It just also feels natural and the right thing to do.
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