Good Tip for Army Leaders: Surround Yourself with Talented People

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 teamLook 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.

Surround Yourself with Talented People
Surround Yourself with Talented People and be a Better Leader!

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 othersIf 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.

10 thoughts on “Good Tip for Army Leaders: Surround Yourself with Talented People”

  1. This post is perfect!

    This works in the civilian job jungle too. So many leaders are worried if their subordinate is more talented or has more skills in some areas than they do. Wisdom tells me it is a blessing to have great people under you. It will make you, as a leader look better. I am in total agreement with this post. Surrounding ourselves with talented people is the way to go.

  2. Surrounding yourself with talented people is the right way to go, because they will get the job done and do it with ease. It also makes your job ten times easier, because you wont have to say things a hundred times or have to teach someone the same things over and over again!

  3. I’ve always found the best leaders know how to hire talented people. It brings up their value and makes their life easier.

  4. Surrounding yourself with talented individuals is a great way to better yourself. You will be far better off in a leadership position if you’ve got exceptional individuals working below you. It’s crucial to respect people’s unique skills and abilities rather than become bitter and jealous of them. If you can identify people’s specific talents you can put together a team that will thrive.

  5. This quote is so good: Your subordinates get you promoted or get you fired; it’s just your boss who delivers the news. I tweeted it and credited you by adding this blog post URL. Leadership should not be afraid to surround themselves on the job with talented people. Forget jealousy. It’s just business! Our natural emotions can cause us to think small and forget the big picture. The big picture meaning … paycheck, retirement, recognition of team, accomplishment as a team …

  6. Neil O'Donnell

    Great post! Fair or not, the failings of a subordinate reflect upon a leader as much as the successes. If your personnel thrive, achieve success and raise accepted standards, you as the leader will be viewed as more capable and accomplished. If your staff struggles to meet goals, even if you are working diligently to improve the team’s performance, you will likely be seen as ineffective. Hiring competent individuals and giving them opportunities to gain additional training and recognition, will only improve their success and help a leader shine in the eyes of superiors.

    1. The best Army leaders look for people who are more talented than they are. They know that if they build a winning team, they will be rewarded with future opportunities and promotions. Never be intimidated by people more talented than you! Instead, get these people on your team and watch your stock go up in value!

  7. One of the great advantages of the Guard is the skillsets that so many of our Soldiers bring to the table from their civilian jobs. When you get to know your people well (notice I said “when,” not “if”), you’ll know what kind of “depth you have on the bench” when missions–especially unusual ones–come along. Believe me, there’s nothing like having an EMT to conduct your first aid training, even though he’s an infantryman, or having a sheriff’s deputy and SWAT team member as a subject matter expert when you’re teaching Soldiers to enter and clear a room or building. You may have someone who’s a whiz with PowerPoint or Excel; you may have someone who shoots competitively on the civilian side–the possibilities are just about endless. Remember that rank is not an indicator of value, and just because he or she is an E-3 doesn’t mean that they might not know more about a given topic than anyone else in the unit.

    1. That’s so true, Daniel. Most units have Soldiers with a wide variety of skill-sets. In my old unit we had carpenters, accountants, entrepreneurs, truck drivers, police officers and a variety of other professions. Whenever you needed to get something done, there was normally someone available (and qualified) to get it done. And like you mentioned, the Soldier’s “rank” was pretty much irrelevant. Instead, it was about the value they offered.

      Chuck Holmes

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