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                 Behind Closed Doors
Many events and important decisions are made during a duty day, such as personnel training and mission requirements. Make decisions together whenever possible. If you can’t make a decision together immediately, try to wait for a better opportunity to present itself. Good communication should be constant and encouraged. Never hide from conflict with each other; however, you must never have a heated discussion or any semblance
of an argument in front of anyone, especially your Soldiers. If a discussion becomes elevated, immediately move out of earshot or behind a closed door where it is just the two of you talking. Compromise is a learned skill. Ensure you have
a united front with everything. Your Soldiers should not receive conflicting guidance from their leaders. A healthy working relationship will have the Platoon Leader and Platoon Sergeant knowing that compromise and a clear way forward with everything is essential.
just mentoring your Platoon leader. You need to realize that you are mentoring someone who will one day get promoted and become a Company Commander, responsible for several Platoons.
If they had a good working relationship with NCOs in the past, they would be more inclined to trust NCOs and value their input. Suppose their experience was a constant pressure cooker where nothing went right. In that case, NCOs were not fulfilling their obligations, and there was no trust between leaders; you might be creating a future Company Commander that will micromanage and possibly not let NCOs have a voice.
Serving as a Platoon Sergeant was the first time in my career that it was not just about my team or my squad. It was now our platoon. Having so many chances to improve my communication ability has dramatically helped me lead an entire Company as their First Sergeant. I have learned and taught ways to be a good member of the team. In the end, work together and take care of your people. You will only get the very best out of people if you show it back to them every day.
 Making a future Commander and First Sergeant (Good or Bad)
Everything we see and experience will affect our leadership philosophy for the remainder of our careers. Who should be responsible for each task and how they are completed. As a Platoon Sergeant, you have to understand that you are not
1SG Hordern is the First Sergeant of Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment, 165th Infantry Brigade.
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