Great Leadership Builds Successful Soldiers
The fast pace that our army is moving at today, requires our senior leaders and junior Non-Commission Officers to have a better focus on developing the skills necessary to be successful on today??™s battlefield. With all the deployments and turmoil our military faces today it is essential that senior leaders focus on the basic key elements of coaching, teaching, and mentoring. As Senior Leaders we need to incorporate the basics and focus on some key areas such as warrior skills and ethos, deployability, maintenance, and physical fitness this will enhance the success of the unit. Some senior leaders have loss this focus which is the root cause of some of the major problems we face today in our leaders. As Sergeant Majors we need ensure our units imply the basics and hold our junior leaders feet to the fire. Ensure they conduct quality training and instill discipline back into our ranks. I believe we need to keep maintain focus on the future of our greatest commodity, our Soldiers.
Great Leadership Builds Successful Soldiers
Being a leader is a state of mind, you have to have strong moral character and the will power to want to be a leader. As we grow and mature as a leader we develop and form our own style of leadership. We start developing our leadership styles from the very beginning, the moment when we start basic training, we watch and grow. Leadership is a trait that we develop from the experience we have encounter through our military careers. So, to call leadership a science is an understatement it takes time and realistic experience to form your leadership style into an art. As senior leaders we learn from our past experience the best way to train and develop our junior leaders and Soldiers. From those experiences we coach, teach, and mentor our junior Non-Commissioned Officers so they will be successful when they teach our young Soldiers and develop them into successful warriors. As senior leaders we need to ensure we incorporate realist training that puts our junior leaders and Soldiers into scenarios where the situation makes them have to think fast on their feet so they have to make sound and timely decision. As senior leaders it is our job to ensure our junior leaders are living up the seven Army Values that we have instilled in them. As Sergeant Majors it is important that we provide proper the tools and guidance to our junior leaders so they can successfully train and develop our Soldiers in the skills necessary to survive on today??™s battlefield. As a Sergeant Major and a senior leader I feel the mentality of our junior leaders have changed and they have lost focus on the basics of being a leader, and as a Non-Commission Officer. As a Senior Non-Commission Officer it is my duty to ensure our junior leaders understand the importance of our job as a NCO. Junior NCOs??™ need to remember the basics and understand the NCO Creed, Seven Army Values, and that they are bearer of ethical standards. As a Senior Non-Commission Officer I will ensure junior leaders and Soldiers achieve success through proper development and training and that they know what the standards??™ are.
As senior Non-commission Officer I will provide the guidance for our junior NCO??™s and Soldiers. There are four areas that I believe are key to success in order to achieve our vision and expectations. They are:
1) Warrior skills and ethos
4) Physical and Mental Fitness
First leaders must understand how important Warrior skills and Warrior ethos are on today??™s battlefield. Leaders must be technically and tactfully proficient in all aspects of their wartime mission. Understanding the rigors of combat will enable leaders to focus on the same standard and demand success at all times. Leaders and junior leaders will be allowed to make mistakes during rigors??™ training events so they learn and grow from them. This is an important aspect of our command climate in allowing our leaders to develop grow through the deficiencies that are found. Leaders must build confidences in our Soldiers. Through strenuous and realist training Soldiers will build confidents in themselves. Soldiers who are confident in there Warrior skills will inherit the Warrior ethos it takes to survive on the battlefield. Soldiers who will fight through all conditions to achieve victory no matter how much effort is required, understands the significance of Warrior ethos that compels in to action. It is the Soldier??™s selfless commitment to the nation, mission, unit, and fellow Soldiers. It is the professional attitude that inspires every American Soldier. Warrior ethos is grounded in refusal to accept failure. It is developed and sustained through discipline, commitment to the Army values, and pride in the Army??™s heritage. Discipline is the key to trained and ready units, at all times our leaders will be strict when enforcing standards. A leader just set a new standard when they don??™t correct the deficiency in a timely matter. As senior leaders we cannot tolerate this from any junior leader in our organization. Disciplined leaders will instill that trait into our Soldiers through setting standards and correcting deficient Soldiers. A disciplined Soldier who is well trained and held to a high standard will become a confident warrior. This will enable our Soldier??™s to be successful when applying those Warrior Skills and the Warrior Ethos necessary to be successful on today??™s rigors and sometime confusing battlefield.
Deployability, is extremely critical in the Army today, as we are fast moving and more mobile than any other country. Leaders must ensure Soldiers personal affairs are all in order at all times, and take the time to ensure their affairs are in order to. Our unit may be called upon to support and defend our great Nation at any time. Our Squad Leaders must ensure our Soldiers have critical documents like wills, all financial matters, powers of attorney, and childcare plans in place as soon as they arrive in the unit. This can be a leadership challenge and or a failure when discovering that a Soldier is lacking one of these items during the execution phase of deployment. The Chain of Command along with the senior leaders of an organization need to ensure our Family Readiness Groups are supported this is a critical factor to our Soldiers??™ well-being and deployment readiness. Senior leaders in a unit need to encourage and explain to Soldiers and their families the importance of the FRG program. All senior leaders need to be active in the FRG program.
Senior Leaders will enforce high standards at every level of Maintenance including individual equipment, weapons, and vehicles. Leaders need to conduct PCI??™s and junior leaders need to conduct PCC??™s on all equipment to better maintain our aging fleet. Leaders need to train Soldiers on the importance of maintaining our vehicles by doing so we will be more effective when we deploy and during time of war. We will also ensure Soldiers maintain themselves and their families. When the training schedule shows no training, I expect soldiers to be off duty and enjoy their time off with loved ones. Our predictability will enhance our retention and provide Soldiers the opportunity to schedule near and long-term family events.
Senior and Junior Non-Commissioned Officers need to prepare and challenge their Soldiers through demanding Physical and Mental fitness program. Incorporating and developing a good Physical Fitness program is part of the building blocks to ensure Soldiers are combat ready. Soldier??™s today need to be productive, both physically and mentally, and is able to cope with the pressures of combat. At the unit level, a demanding Physical Fitness Program builds confidence in our Soldiers and produces a ???can do??? attitude. Leaders need to develop a strenuous and challenging PT programs that are diverse and cover all aspects of physical and mental fitness. I expect all leaders to lead by example during physical fitness sessions and ensure Soldiers put maximum effort forward to achieve quality training.
Leadership is a working skill that is developed over time through various experiences during our military career, I believe it is essential that we pass this knowledge down to junior leaders and enlisted. As senior leaders we need to instill into our young Non-Commissioned Officers the need to be well rounded as a leader in today??™s Army. More importantly, we as Sergeant Majors we need to ensure our leaders understand the basic unique elements it takes in order to achieve success on today??™s battlefield. The Army is moving at a fast pace I believe we as senior leaders lose focus on some of the key elements of coaching, teaching, and mentoring our young enlisted in order to well groomed and developed them into Non-Commission Officers. As Sergeant Majors we need to ensure our NCO??™s complete all level of NCOES and ensure they are getting the quality training they need to be successful. If we afford them the opportunity to learn and grow through good discipline and teaching them what right looks like, then we will have provided them with great leadership which builds successful Soldiers.