Sacha Tarkovsky asked:
There are some leaders that have to lead there team into situations where they can be killed. Yet, their team follows them without question. Who are these people?
Army officers – If ever their were people who need to show the best in leadership skills its them, as it really is a question of life or death.
Letâ€™s see what are the main leadership skills taught and which apply to civilian leadership.
1. Command Total Respect:
You donâ€™t need to like someone you need to respect them
In the army officers donâ€™t have favorites, everyone is treated the same, there all part of the same team.
In civilian life one of the leadership skills that is lacking is leaders who have favorites on a personal level and give them preferential treatment.
This can cause huge resentment.
Nothing undermines a leader more than office politics and back biting.
Treat everyone with the same respect and ethics.
Your staff will appreciate it and it will foster a better work ethic.
2. Hands On
In the army the officers men know that there commanding officer can either do all the tasks they can do, or at least will be very familiar with them.
Army officers are people who are seen by their men as people who are able to get their hands dirty in a team.
Many civilian leaders fail to get to grips with this concept and are seen as aloof or detached from their team.
A good leader will muck in and be seen as one of the workers at times and be seen as in the team rather than aloof from it.
3. Planning & team spirit
An army officer makes sure his men understand the mission at hand.
He knows there life depends on it.
He makes sure that everyone understands the expectations, goals and objectives.
The whole team knows exactly whatâ€™s expected of them and they will all be together and depend on each other.
A good civilian leader will have a plan in place with clear objectives where everyone knows their place in the plan and their exact role.
You need a clear plan, workable goals and a good time spirit
4. Think outside the box and ahead of the competition
One of the key points to remember is that army officers have to constantly adapt to changing situations.
Theyâ€™re used to thinking ahead and thinking independently.
This is a key trait many civilian leaders lack, they donâ€™t think far enough ahead.
They only see the near term picture and before they know it their competition has moved ahead of them.
A good leader stays one step ahead at all time and is constantly studying his competition and ways he can improve.
5. Make Tough Calls instantly
Army officers do this is a matter of course the whole safety of his group depends on it.
If you are a civilian leader you have no room to procrastinate you need to make the hard calls that ensure the survival of your business.
6. Optimism and Perseverance
Army officers will suffer setbacks but they have ultimate confidence in their team and vice versa.
â€œWhen the going gets tough the tough get goingâ€
Army officers donâ€™t contemplate throwing the towel in, they remain optimistic and are prepared to persevere.
They remain strong and in control and this is an essential trait of civilian leaders.
If you show youâ€™re worried, not in control and unable to cope your teams moral will drop with disastrous consequences.
You need strength in the bad times and perseverance â€“ All leaders have this trait and are confident they can confront and deal with anything.
An army officer acts as part of a well oiled team.
He commands respect because he can lead and his men will follow orders unquestionably because they have faith in his ability.
Acquire the traits of army officers above and maybe you to can become a great leader.