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                  Army will be like and what leadership in the Army will be like. If all they see are double standards, they will lose motivation, and eventually, they will leave this great profession, and the Army’s future will be in jeopardy.
If I were a Command Sergeant Major, I would put my energy and effort into really knowing my subordinates to understand what drives them. I would learn about their lives; every aspect would be important to me. When a Soldier starts to see that you believe in them and genuinely care about their needs, they will do anything for you. They will show interest in your philosophy and try to understand what drives you. Nobody is perfect, everyone makes mistakes, and I have always been taught to look at mistakes as lessons learned. Every mistake
is an opportunity to grow if you choose to reflect. Without reflection, there is no progress. I reflect every day on my way to work and on my way home after. I think about things that I have taught or
said that day. I think about what I could have done differently to make things better. Sometimes I will even ask for outside input to see if my thinking is similar. A reflection is an excellent tool for anyone to use to help progress as a leader. I encourage my Soldiers to do the same every night before bed to think about their day, to think about where they could have been better or what they did well and why. I believe that teaching this makes our Army better.
Everyone has perceptions about one another, but not everyone knows how to react when they are faced with those perceptions. I firmly believe that perception is only telling one side of a story. Without the other side, you do not know the
full picture of the situation. How you react to perceptions can show the leadership that you are or are not self-aware of your actions. You must use the past experiences you have encountered and know that you have to analyze every situation. Leading by example shows how the Army will flourish and progress effectively. Correcting peers is hard to do at times, but it must be done to keep the Army’s integrity together. You cannot make corrections and then be caught doing the same thing. We must learn from our mistakes to become better as a person and as a leader. We must show our Soldiers that we are not perfect either. As leaders, we need to put away the notion that we are flawless. When we offer them that even leaders make mistakes, it encourages humility and compassion. Honesty is a great trait to hold. Be honest with your Soldiers.
When it is our time to retire and move on from the Army, we should look back and reflect. We should reflect on what our careers meant to us, and we should reflect on the impact that we have made on our Soldiers. When we look back, we should want to know that we made a difference in the Army. Every day you can make a difference. It all starts with the proper attitude and motivation. Our ability to lead by example, work well together, and professionally perform all of our duties will collectively transfer into the Army’s future leaders. The most important thing to remember is that actions speak louder than words.
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SSG Young is a Drill Sergeant for 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 165th Infantry Brigade.
 

























































































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