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                  my platoon. ThThe Drill Sergeant was yet again that individual I strove to impress but this time, strove to also lead which required a precise form of leadership to achieve.
Humble Yet Confifident
To be a successful leader one must oftften
times practice humility, especially when in an environment he or she is not accustomed to. As Army leaders, we learn from each other regardless of our rank and position. In the BCT environment, it can be intimidating for a lieutenant to fifind his
or her place and remain relevant to the mission. A certain level of humbleness when interacting with Drill Sergeants is in my eyes, required in order
to be able to effffectively relate to these seasoned leaders. Confifidence is great to have but is only truly built when we become profificient in our role; profificiency can be gained through the guidance and mentorship of your platoon sergeant and company leadership.
Resourceful and Prompt
Platoon Leaders should quickly adopt certain traits when leading a platoon, a few of which should be being resourceful and prompt when caring out tasks. Being resourceful can range anywhere from knowing BCT training regulations to also understanding how Army programs can best benefifit your organization. You will also request training resources, conduct mission briefs, assess training, plan and supervise
tactical operations, FTXs, warrior tasks and battle drills, prepare risk assessments, and conduct aftfter action reviews. When called upon by a Drill Sergeant to seek out answers, a lieutenant should always strive to answer those set questions in a prompt and precise manner. ThThis is a great way to earn trust and assist your Drill Sergeants with whatever they may need to train your Trainees. Lieutenants should be the go-to leader in the platoon that can be relied on for resources and have
a direct line of communication with the executive offifficer or company commander.
Your Daily Attitude Matters!
Regardless of the type of day you may be having, as lieutenants, you must always bring a positive attitude to work because any form of negativity can be contagious. ThThis is not to say that we should act as if we are robots with no feelings, but rather that we actively chose to view the glass always half full. Very recently during training, I overheard a Trainee in my platoon saying “As long as the LTs still smiling, I will always be to” which quickly made me realize that my positive attitude is viewed constantly by those around me. It is very easy to fall victim to adversity, especially during the ninth mile of a ruck march on a scorching summer day at Fort Jackson. How leaders choose to act in those trying moments defifinitely speaks volumes to their character which is why we must put our best foot forward each day we come to work. However, if your Drill Sergeants ask you if you’re tired and he knows you’re tired, there is no faking it. My response usually is “roger Drill Sergeant, I am pretty tired but I’ll get through it and get some rest tonight”. Always remain positive because your Trainees within your platoon depend on it!
Willingness to Learn
Never shy away from a good learning experience from a junior or senior NCO because it is oftften
the primary way we learn outside of a classroom setting. Formal training teaches us the basis and provides us with a compass to seek answers but we
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