The purpose of this post is to get your thoughts on what qualities you personally look for in a “good” Army boss. In other words, what characteristics and traits do you think are most important in an Army boss? To get the conversation going, I’ll share a few traits that are most important to me.
1. A Good Communicator: To me a good boss must be a good communicator. He or she must keep me in the loop, provide guidance and feedback and encourage two way communication. They will have an open door policy, and are always willing to have a talk.
2. A Strong Back Bone: I like a boss with a backbone. I define this as someone who isn’t scared to make a decision. It’s someone who will stand up for their subordinates when it is required. It’s someone who is confident, but not stuck on themselves.
3. Admit Their Own Mistakes: To me, a good boss can admit when they are wrong. No one is perfect. A good boss will be the first to admit when they make a poor decision. They are humble. There are many “would be” leaders who have a tendency to blame mistakes on any, and everything other than themselves. A true leader will take the blame and make changes to fix it.
4. Seeks Input From Staff: I believe that a good Army Boss will seek input from the people around them. They are open to new ideas and seek input from people on their staff. They ask questions, get their staff’s input, and then make a decision based upon the facts, their experiences and their personal judgement.
5. Vision: I believe that a good Army boss has vision. They have a game-plan for their section or unit. They have a why that drives everything they do. Most importantly, they share their vision with their followers. They also set goals to reach this vision.
Also, if you have any questions, you can post those below and I will do my best to provide an answer. Thank you.