Leadership Tips




 
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April 17th, 2004  
tough_girl
 
 

Topic: Leadership Tips


Hi, I'm a 17 year old cadet of the Navy JROTC Program. This is my first year in the program. I have already jumped to a platoon Commander position, and given the rank of c/ensign. This is mostly becuase this is a the first year of the program at our school. But my Msgt. is very proud of me and says he has big plans for me next year. Over the summer he is sending me to leadership academy. I'm just a little scared becuase it is supposed to be worse then boot camp. I was told its a tast of Marine Corp D.I. school. But until then I want to make my platoon the best, but I dont have time for stupid misunderstandings or mistakes that could undermind my authority. I'm already having problems with a squad leader who just so happens to be my ex from before I got the position. I don't know how to fix it without taking him out of the pistion. and I cant take him out becuase we are 2 weeks away from anual military inspectio, wich will decide if we continue the program and get another instructer. ok so any tips would be really good. thank you so much!
May 5th, 2004  
tough_girl
 
 
May 5th, 2004  
RnderSafe
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by tough_girl
yea thanks for the help guys. Really glad you guys were all able to have an input on helping out a young person found in a new leadership position.*sarcasm*
Lesson number one: Patience.

Lesson number two: It is a bad idea to alienate those that may be willing to assist you.

Lesson number three: When asking for help, it is a bad idea to come across as demanding of an answer immediately.
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May 5th, 2004  
1217
 

Topic: Re: Leadership Tips


Quote:
Originally Posted by tough_girl
I'm already having problems with a squad leader who just so happens to be my ex from before I got the position.
Maybe it would be helpful to state what kind of problems you have with him?
May 5th, 2004  
DTop
 
 
You want advice? OK, here you go:
What's this person doing that's causing problems? If he is trying to make you look bad by undermining the performance of the unit then cut him lose ASAP. If you're just anticipating problems then you'll have to deal with that yourself. You'll need to evaluate whether your concerns are valid or just your own imagination. It may sound trite to say but a leadership position is not a place from which to make friends. "It's lonely a the top" and " Rank has its responsibilities" are not just sayings. Always lead by example and never compromise your position of leadership by trying to placate every whiny malcontent that come your way and come they will. Because unit performance and the successful completion of the mission are any leader's primary concerns, you're going to step on some toes in the process. You have a choice, deal with it or step aside. Do not allow emotions to come into play when you're doing your job.
One more thing, can the sarcasm is doesn't befit a leader.
May 5th, 2004  
tough_girl
 
 
Yea that post is like 3 weeks old. Got tired of waiting. Tha anual inspection passed last week. I have patince. but only to a certain point. I was gona delet the post, but once I wrote that every seemed to want to answer... lol.. funny how that works. as soon as I get pissy people start shown up... Tends to make me look like an ass, cause its happened before... .... yes well thanks for the tips guys. My Msgt told me that he wants me to be a real hard-ass on them for the next 3 weeks since they are tha last ones before summer break. So he wants them to know what to expect at the beginning of next year. lol I'll see what I can do! But I know better then to just yell and scream at them all the time. If I dont like being yelled at then their going to hate it.
May 6th, 2004  
maddmike275
 
Everyone has their own leadership style and you have to find out what works best for you. For some it's acting like a hard ass and yelling and screaming. For others they have a thing called "command presence" where just a look from them will shut you up. Find out your strengths and use them, take your weaknesses and overcome them. You'll be a better person and a better leader because of it. One last thing just because you're a leader doesn't mean you can't also learn from those you lead.
May 8th, 2004  
tough_girl
 
 
yesterday they wouldnt stop chit chatting after I had already made them do puch ups. So I took them outside were people from school were walking by and I made them hold their hands in the air and say what they did wrong then apologize. Next time I'll really embarass them.
May 8th, 2004  
Redneck
 
 
Be very careful to stay away from power trips, though, there is a fine line there, and if you cross it the only thing you will accomplish is to create a good deal of resentment and discontent, which will eventually break down your chain of command if it is allowed to continue and destroy anything you were working for in the first place.
May 9th, 2004  
tough_girl
 
 
Thats been my main concern lately. I always pass my ideas through the upper leadership. I only get onto them when they know what they have done. The problem is that I have to get the problem before it gets to big. And alot of times when I get at one or 2 of them they do they whole.. "What did I do?" and " I wasn't doin' any thin'!" its funny cause they say this as I'm walking towards them before I have even said anything. I have quite a few of them who have already come up to me and told me that they are happy thay I'm their platoon commander now, and that I should keep doing what I am doing. Makes things a little easier.