Deliberate Development

Professional Development for the Military Leader


Developing Others

Daily Deliberation: 7 December 2019

Being a leader is not about getting a fancy duty title or fringe benefits. The 1950’s model of leadership was to have the minions serve the boss. They would run in front of him and remove the obstacles in his path, they would lay their jackets over the mud hole so his boots wouldn’t lose their luster. That is an archaic view and completely opposite of what a leader is. A leader should be looking for and destroying the obstacles in the paths of his team members so they can do amazing things for the organization. When this happens, there are hordes of people achieving goals for the team not multiple people serving the whims of one person.

Daily Deliberation: 22 November 2019

So many people go to work and just go through the motions. Imagine what could be accomplished if everyone was fully engaged in the mission. One of the most important conversations we can have with our team is where we are heading and how each person fits into that picture.

Daily Deliberation: 20 November 2019

When we invest in others and are deliberate about the legacy we leave, we will live forever. We still talk about and idolize the legends of the past because of what they did. William Wallace who fought for freedom, our forefathers who risked it all to create our nation, and the list goes on. All of these people placed their ideals ahead of their own selfish desires and invested in others. Even after their bodies stopped, their vision lived on. What ideas can you pass on to others?

Daily Deliberation: 16 November 2019

My whole perspective on life changed when I stopped caring about what others thought about me and what others were doing and I looked inwardly. I was so concerned if others would think I was stupid or with the fear of falling on my face in front of them. It was crippling. I hit a point where I had to solve some problems and realized I was the root cause of these problems. I was holding my team back, because of what others may think. I took a good long look in the mirror and realized I was not that pretty anyways and who cares if I get some mud on my face. 🙂

Daily Deliberation: 13 November 2019

John Kotter pointed out in his book, Leading Change, that our nation turned its focus towards developing managers instead of leaders, because that is what we needed as factory workers. This is also an issues we have in the military. There are SNCOs and officers who would rather us toe the line and ‘manage’ our teams. We need to break this mold and learn to develop leaders. We simply can’t expect to have great leaders if we wait until they are SNCOs before we give them leadership opportunities.

Daily Deliberation: 9 November 2019

We talk about delegating and empowering all of the time. However, we are not really giving any power to anyone. We delegate by telling them what and how to do something. You should never be telling them ‘how’ to do a task unless you are teaching. To truly empower someone, tell them what you are trying to accomplish and let them go.

Daily Deliberation: 6 November 2019

This is something that should be taught at every tech school and PME. Instead of being taught to be perfect, we need to teach there is a good chance we will make mistakes when we are trying to do something new. When we are performing our jobs and the team is counting on, there is less room for error and pushing the envelop is risky. However, when we are going through the daily motions, we need to be challenging the status quo looking for new ways to solve problems.

Daily Deliberation: 28 October 2019

I used to try and shield my team from tough tasks. I thought being a good leader was to protect them from being worked too hard. What I learned was that I needed to give them ownership of their abilities and let them shine.

Daily Deliberation: 26 October 2019

I have noticed this throughout my career. Once I learn my job, I grow to complacency as I go through the motions of my day. I build controls into my day to prevent me from getting too comfortable. To do this, we could take on a challenge we know will push us harder. We can ask someone on the team to hold us accountable by looking over our work. Take a look at your daily routine and see if there are ways to stretch your abilities. If you don’t seek ways to progress, those on your team won’t either.

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