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.

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