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                  what defines you as a leader, then you have failed. Yelling has a time and a place, but you also need
to educate and mentor. I can think of one staff sergeant while I was a specialist that I always told myself I would never be like him. He would always yell and cuss but would never mentor his Soldiers. He would sit there and point out their flaws without helping them to overcome them. I recall one day in Afghanistan when I was working in the tactical operations command tent. I had just been promoted to staff sergeant. He came in and looked at me and told me that I didn’t deserve it. He said that I was entitled and I had not proven anything as a leader. I will never forget how he made me feel that day, but it did motivate me to be better than the bad example of a leader that I saw him to be. Leading by example and mentoring Soldiers should be a priority to every leader in the Army. Without it, the future of the Army will be lost.
from your subordinates, you perceive that you
are better than them. I have told my subordinates that I am no different from them; I just have more responsibilities. Sometimes, I honestly think that
I am no different than a brand new private or lieutenant. I just have more responsibility and knowledge. My subordinates’ input and ideas
are just as important to me as my leaders’ ideas.
I am showing Soldiers that everyone’s input is essential to help build crucial teamwork and betters tomorrow’s Army.
Being a drill sergeant in basic combat training
is one of the most challenging, demanding, and rewarding Army assignments. When I wake up
in the morning, I know I have to give 100 percent motivation and effort. The trainees have to show me the same. Most of them were not raised to
give any effort at all. I have to make sure they keep levels of motivation high, and they give their best effort. They will only do those things if they see
me doing it also. If the trainees see a drill sergeant not doing everything they are doing, they will question why they have to do it. If a trainee sees a drill sergeant with his glasses on his hat and that trainee gets yelled at for the same reason by that same drill sergeant, it creates an environment where the trainee thinks that when they become
a drill sergeant, they can get away with doing the wrong thing also. To me, being a drill sergeant means that you are the expert in basic Soldier tasks. A drill sergeant is the epitome of a professional. When I went to basic combat training, my first experience with my drill sergeants was they knew what they were doing. They knew how to get me
in top physical shape. I weighed 260 pounds when I started basic combat training. I would do 10 pushups and be at muscle failure.
My first 2-mile run time was 18:38. I didn’t worry because I trust my drill sergeants to help
me pass the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) within 10 weeks. They motivated me every day to put forth my best effort. They pushed me to limits
I never thought I could achieve. I passed my APFT with 54 pushups, 82 sit-ups and ran my 2-mile in 15:50. If I had drill sergeants that had shown up to work without energy and motivation of their own, I would not have graduated basic combat training. As drill sergeants, it is our job to get it right every day for our Soldiers. Our job is to show them what the
  Teamwork is crucial in today’s Army, and
to be able to work together, and you have to communicate effectively. Often Soldiers are unable to communicate effectively because we rely on texting for everything. We are too busy and sometimes too lazy to dial their number or meet face to face. Without verbal and visual context, we lose valuable teamwork. It takes a lot of courage and respect to correct your peers. It takes even more courage to correct your leadership. I have experienced times where I have tactfully fixed
a leader, and they gave me a smart remark and continued to do the wrong thing. It tears down unit cohesion and trust. I feel that leaders need to humble themselves more than ever. Sometimes leaders feel as if they earned their respect solely based on their rank. Successful leadership requires a certain degree of humility. If you do not learn
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