Selected maxims and advice from various sources, but just as important for leaders everywhere.
1. Be a leader not a “boss”. And… what’s the difference? Click here
2. Set the right example:
- Stay ahead of your troops
- Get there first
- Dig your own foxhole.
- An officer eats the same food from the same tray as his troops — after they have first been served.
- Do not ask anyone to do anything you would not do yourself.
3. Take care of your men:
- Take time to learn about your people by listening to them.
- Know what it takes to motivate each one; it will probably vary.
- It is important to recognize their need to be needed.
- If you take care of your troops, they will take care of you.
4. Set goals — both for yourself and your unit.
5. Communicate: Keep everyone posted.
- Tell the troops what they are going to do and what they have done.
- Don’t just give orders; explain why. (An informed organization considers itself to be a part of the effort, not just going through the motions because it was told to — don’t keep them in the dark.)
6. Demand excellence; maintain high standards and expectations
7. Have the enthusiasm to motivate others.
8. Plan Ahead
- PPPPP- Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance
- Plans should be made by people who execute them
9. Handling People:
- Be fair, be firm, be friendly
- Discipline is not punishment
- Praise is more valuable than blame (per Geo. Patton)
- Remember… you earn respect, not demand it!
10. Giving commands:
- Never give an order you don’t expect to be carried out. Issuing an order is 10% — execution is 90%. You can expect only what you inspect.
- Delegate responsibilities — not just jobs. It enhances their development and reflects your confidence in them.