Militairy Leadership, Players and Followers

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Tom Wilson
HR Consultant, United States

Militairy Leadership, Players and Followers

The ethic of the military leader is Mission, Men, Self, in contrast to the Me, Myself and I of the current virtue of selfishness Harvard Business model. The military leader is, by, definition, an action centered leader. It comes with the pay grade.
An essential element of military leadership is to transform followers to players, which is to say, from passive to active participants in the leadership process. The Army Ranger School, which is the foremost leadership laboratory in America, is based on the cooperate and graduate culture of the high performance organization and requires the participants to be active players in the training process.
This idea of "followership" is so 19th Century Scientific Management which limits its performance expectations to the "Wilbert" personnel pool.
Just for the record, one of the things driving suicide rates among combat veterans is coming to work in organizations where managers embrace the leadership/followership model. Combat vets were empowered to exercise considerably more initiative than is possible in the Harvard performance model.


David Redpath
CEO, Canada

Absolutely Correct

Very well said. It has driven me crazy since leaving the military at how bad, greedy and totally une... Sign up

Tom Wilson
HR Consultant, United States

Inept is the Operative Word

I left the military in 1971. I am an Army brat and the idea of working in business never entered my ... Sign up

Gregory Johnson
Coach, United States

Military & Leadership

Interesting discussion with a bit of emotion in the language. I too am a military veteran as well a... Sign up


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