Bridging the Basics

| November 2, 2013 | 0 Comments


Command Sgt. Maj. Travis Cherry
311th Signal Command (Theater)

As the Army now endures fiscal uncertainty and a significant reduction in manning the force, today’s leaders must ensure we are globally responsive and regionally engaged within our assigned areas of responsibility.

The underlying foundation that supports this globally responsive and regionally engaged construct begins and ends with the 3Cs:


•Commitment; and


Ultimately, these three tenets equate to leader development, which provides a solid framework for our Army profession.

As leaders, we must understand the pillars of support — education, training and experience — which reinforce the 3Cs construct, our foundation for a standards-based approach.

As we educate and train our leaders of tomorrow, sharing our experiences and lessons learned (even that “what not to do” advice) can be vital to future success.

To remain relevant in today’s arduous operating environment, leaders must maintain a personal balance to achieve professional relationships, whether they are global or regional. To find balance, leaders must consider the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual characteristics within the human domain. Achieving one’s personal balance of these four characteristics is key to professional growth. Once leaders achieve this balance, our talent pool throughout the Army will grow exponentially. This growth is necessary in order to sustain our ever-diminishing workforce.

Another concept that directly supports the standards-based approach of the Army profession is exporting professionalism, thus shaping the mindset of today’s leaders. Many leaders ask themselves, “Am I relevant within my area of responsibility?” To remain relevant in today’s formation, leader’s must analyze, organize, deputize and supervise all aspects of their most valuable asset: the Soldiers who will be the leaders of tomorrow’s Army.

Army profession is not a new concept. As the Army adapts to a more stringent fiscal operating environment, the concept remains the same.

Today’s leaders must possess the 3Cs. These basic tenets of leadership provide the necessary building blocks for our standards-based approach to Army profession, which reinforces and supports the development of today’s leaders and enhances the talent pool.

Leaders at all levels must preserve our nation’s most valuable resources — America’s sons and daughters.


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