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                    We are often judged by others on their perception of us, using our actions
and words to determine our character, but what is perception? Perception is defined as
a belief or opinion, often held by many people
and based on how things seem. It is also a way of regarding, understanding or interpreting something leaving a mental impression. The problem is that our perceptions are often based on prejudices and past experiences and not o facts. I may perceive
the weather in the south as always hot and humid; based on my past experiences with the weather in other regions, this statement holds true. However, this perception may not be factually accurate;
a meteorologist would use actual evidence and
data to prove my perception wrong. Just because
I perceive the weather in the south always to be
hot and humid doesn’t mean other people would perceive it the same way. Whenever we look at something, we have to think about what it means
to us individually using our past experiences, ideas, and knowledge.
As leaders in the Army today, perception is what you are ultimately judged by. When a leader comes into a new environment, they are automatically judged by their peers based on their actions. With those actions, their peers will perceive them to either be a good or bad leader. Some will make an effort and talk to and learn more about this new leader and understand how they became the way they are today. With the knowledge and cohesion that was just created, they can make a better environment. In Basic Combat Training (BCT), you have to be the best to lead and train the next Army. Civilians that are transforming into Soldiers need
to know what a great leader is and will be in the Army. BCT is their first interaction with how the Army works, and seeing a leader that says one thing but then does the opposite can hinder that Soldier’s trust and understanding of leadership in the Army. As leaders, we need to understand that these future leaders are always observing our actions. These
new Soldiers will learn to do what we do just by watching. Everything we do, they think, is the right thing. That is why it is essential always to practice what we preach and go about things the right way.
The Army is a great profession and is mostly successful because it sets the right example for subordinates to follow. Soldiers will strive to be like leaders they think are doing the right thing and who take care of their subordinates; they won’t be afraid to approach these leaders for mentorship, guidance, or help. I genuinely believe that the day your subordinates stop asking you to help them is the day you failed as a leader. I often experienced Soldiers trusting their leaders to help them with their careers or personal issues only to be let down. There are common phrases like ‘we are a family’
or ‘I will fight for you.’ When your leaders say one thing and their actions say something else, you lose trust in them. When our leaders have failed us enough times, we lose faith in the Army. If you show genuine care and fight for your subordinates, they will follow you anywhere and put forth their maximum efforts to support the mission.
I have had superiors who I never wanted to
be like. One of the things that I did not like was uncalled for yelling. Some of the time, I deserved it, but I tuned them out most of the time. If yelling is
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