If you’re currently serving in the Army, one good tip I can give you is to surround yourself with talented people. If you are in a leadership position of any type, or supervise others, you should look for talented people to have on your team. Look for people with superior skills and abilities, a strong work ethic, and a team oriented attitude. Instead of just taking who is given to you, seek out exceptional people to work with you/for you.
The best Army leaders I’ve ever found had a bunch of talented people working for them. You have to remember that you do not achieve success all by yourself. Ultimately, it’s the people working for us that either lift us up or bring us down. Your subordinates’ get you promoted or get you fired; it’s just your boss who delivers the news.
I’ve met some Army leaders that were jealous of their peers or subordinates who were exceptional at their job. Personally, I’ve never understood why. In the Army, you are not competing against others. If there is any competition at all, it is a competition of who you currently are compared to who you could possibly be! Never forget that.
The FASTEST and EASIEST way to increase your perceived value to your boss and to senior leaders is to surround yourself with talented people. Look for people with skills that compliment your skills. Find people who are good at things you are not personally good at yourself and hire them on their team.
Ultimately, here’s what will happen. If you have a few superstars working for you, YOUR real estate value is going to go up. You are going to be perceived as a great leader who knows how to get things done! And if you are trying to advance your career that is what you want to happen!
So instead of being jealous of people with more ability than you, do yourself a favor and get them to work for you. When you have talented people working for you, make sure you treat them like gold. Tell them you appreciate them. Send them to schools. Put them in for awards. Make sure they have the resources they need to do their job. Provide good feedback! And whatever you do, stay OUT of their way and let them do their job. If you can do that, you will be a very effective leader. Good luck!
What are your thoughts? Do you have talented people working for, and with you? Do you have any questions? You can post any, and all below. Thanks.