What are the most common issues that military leaders face? Here are a few common issues that I can think of.
- Diversity: The military is very diverse. We have people from every walk of life, to include different religions, races, values, etc. Personally, I think that’s a good thing. The military is like one big melting pot. That being said, not everyone is used to this diversity, especially new leaders. I’ve met many military leaders who never really interacted with people outside of their race. I’ve met white people who never previously interacted with black people, country folks who’ve never interacted with city folks, black people who’ve never interacted with Asians, and much more. While the only color in the Army is “green,” some people have to get used to working with people with different backgrounds.
- Difficult Bosses: Another common issue many military leaders have to deal with is difficult bosses. I’d guess that nearly 80% of the people I survey say they have a bad boss. I’m not sure if their boss is really bad or not, but they still think so. Normally, the issue has to deal with poor communication, different agendas and unclear expectations. Remember, the military is not a democracy. It is a dictatorship. Even if you don’t like your boss, you should respect the rank. And you should do what you can do to build a good, professional relationship with your boss. That is your job, not theirs.
- High Stress Situations: The military is known for high stress situations, especially in combat. Even though most soldiers have had similar military training, everyone deals with stress differently. Some people handle it well and others let it take over their life. Handling your own level of stress can be challenging. Managing the stress among your team is just as tough.
- Problem Soldiers: This is one of the most common issues military leaders deal with. While most soldiers are good, there are poor performing soldiers in every unit. Military leaders must learn how to discipline soldiers effectively, how to motivate soldiers effectively, and how to get rid of the people that shouldn’t be in the military in the first place. This can be one of the hardest and most time consuming things to do.
- The System: This is another word for bureaucracy. Sometimes the military is to big for its own good. There can be layers of bureaucracy that sometimes make it difficult to get anything done. It really boils down to knowing the right people in the right places and knowing who to go to.
These are just a few things that come to mind. I would love to hear from you. What are some of the most common issues you’ve had to deal with as a military leader and how did you handle it? Just leave a comment to this post to share your thoughts. Also, if you have any questions about how to deal with certain military issues, just ask and I will do my best to provide an answer.