Leaders set standards, ensure they’re followed

| November 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

Command Sgt. Maj. Edward Williams III
30th Signal Battalion, 516th Sig. Brigade
311th Sig. Command (Theater)

Williams III

Williams III

“I will lead by example, never requiring a Soldier to attempt any task that I would not do myself.”

— Drill Sergeant’s Creed

Leaders are the standard-bearers for all organizations. Soldiers are a reflection of their leaders. Don’t lead by example, be the example.

Being the example starts with setting attainable goals and reasonable standards. A leader’s discipline level is measured by the standards he sets. Leaders should not set standards that they themselves cannot achieve and then expect their Soldiers to achieve them.

Leaders must ask themselves, “Do my Soldiers know what the standards are?” Then, ask yourself, “Do my Soldiers know how to achieve and exceed those same standards?”

Soldiers look up to their leaders and are always watching their leaders to see what they do and how well they do it. Leaders have a responsibility to ensure that standards are never neglected. When standards are ignored, a new set of standards is created.

Leaders adhere to the seven Army values of loyalty, discipline, respect, selfless-service, honor, integrity and personal courage. These values form the standards by which our Army is governed.

We, as leaders, are trained to counsel, teach, coach, mentor and encourage our subordinates and peers to give their all, in every situation. Leaders should not accept anything less than 100 percent.

Identify your Soldiers’ strengths and assist them in overcoming their weaknesses. Effective leadership is based on how flexible and intuitive the leader can be.

Keep in mind that no two situations will ever be the same, because every Soldier’s personality is different, regardless of rank. Get to know your Soldiers and their families. Help them when they need it, but know your own limitations and capabilities and, if you have to, refer them to the appropriate agency that can best support their needs.

Leaders must always be approachable and never miss an opportunity to converse with their Soldiers. An unapproachable leader is an ineffective leader. Communication is a two-way street. Leaders must work at becoming effective communicators so that the information provided to their Soldiers is easily understood.

Soldiers trust leaders, and leaders have to set a tone where Soldiers will not be uncomfortable or afraid to discuss anything. Leaders must provide Soldiers both positive and negative feedback, while always remaining truthful. If Soldiers ask a question and you do not know the answer, do not be afraid to say, “I don’t know.” Soldiers respect leaders more if they’re honest and sincere with them.

Being a leader is an honor, a privilege and an opportunity to serve. Leaders must remain mindful that we are merely in transient in any position, and we are here to serve and not be served. We have a responsibility to be good leaders, but being in a position of leadership is bigger than any of us.

If ever a decision needs to be made that could possibly jeopardize the value or the integrity of the position, always choose in keeping the position intact.

The only place for a leader to lead is from the front!

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