Small Unit Leadership: A Commonsense Approach

Small Unit Leadership: A Commonsense Approach

Dandridge M. Malone

Language: English

Pages: 192

ISBN: 0891411739

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Required reading for all present and future leaders, this classic is for those who have to "get the job done"--military or not.

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JUSTICE, demonstrated by Consistent application of rewards and punishment to all soldiers in your unit. Making decisions that support mission accomplishment and that also take into account the needs of your soldiers. Listening to all sides of an issue before making a decision that affects your soldiers. KNOWLEDGE, demonstrated by Making sound tactical decisions. Performing administrative and technical duties well. Recognizing and correcting inadequate performance of your

of leadership requires, you'll get the right man in the right category about 90 percent of the time. ABLE AND WILLING Has done the task right before Does many other tasks without being told Never seems satisfied until work is done “right” Accepts the need to put in extra time when necessary to get the job done Works out ways to get the job done better Recent performance has been satisfactory UNABLE BUT WILLING Has never performed task before, or can't recall if he did

your able and willing subordinate leaders. Push this all the way down the chain until you see fire-team leaders delegating to able and willing soldiers. Open up more opportunities for soldiers and leaders to contribute to the unit. Give them opportunities to volunteer to assume extra responsibilities, work on certain unit projects, make suggestions, and so on. Avoid a routine, scheduled “open door policy,” but work these contributions up through the chain so the leadership of the unit will

needs and wants that an individual has. These needs and wants cause him to act in a certain way. So motivation is the underlying basis for what individuals think and do. Individuals act in their own best interest. Maximum effort is obtained when soldiers are working toward unit goals that also achieve their own needs. Soldiers can be motivated internally, as well as externally, by a leader. To use motivation effectively, leaders need to recognize that: soldiers are complex and variable; they

around them. TELL THEM THEY CAN OVERCOME FEAR BY CONCENTRATING ON THE MISSION -AND ON WHAT THEY MUST DO TO SUPPORT THEIR BUDDIES. How to Know When It's Done Right The final test occurs during the battle—how well your soldiers fight, and how many fall out because they can't handle the high stress conditions of the battlefield. Before the battle, look for the following indicators: Your soldiers are in good physical condition. Your soldiers perform well during DRILL in the field. Under

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