JC Dodge’s introduction to a very down to earth perspective on what happens to the ‘best laid plans of mice and men’ when considering the subject of leadership is worth some introspection, because being ‘the leader’ is the most difficult and responsibility laden position in the NPT.
And it’s not about titles and perks, either. It’s about example, putting the team before yourself (you get watered, fed, and rested last), and demonstrating your concern for them as individuals and as a group by do what is best for them (which sometimes includes not-so-pleasant training/tasks), and letting them have the freedom to do the job you’ve given them.
I get emails from guys in militias and Survival groups (NPT’s) all the time who are considered leaders (either by self appointment, election, or being the one who started it), but don’t have the first clue about being a leader. They are given a rank (If a militia, Colonel seems popular), and are expected to make decisions for their unit. They have no background or even a realistic understanding of what is required of them, and the seriousness of what they are supposed to be and might have to do.
The reason I posted this essay is simple. It’s not about you, it’s about them. It doesn’t matter if you are new at it (everyone is new at one point). It doesn’t matter if you have personal issues (who doesn’t). It doesn’t matter if you have no background in leadership (if you don’t, there are plenty of examples to emulate…
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