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Leadership Lessons Learned from Pete Blaber’s “The Mission, The Men, and Me”
Leadership Lessons Learned from Pete Blaber’s “The Mission, The Men, and Me”
Rarely are we able to have face to face contact with great leaders let alone have enough time to hear their stories on the battlefield and what secrets lead them to success. A young future military officer may not have the opportunity to meet such great leaders or have the time to interview them but what they do have is time to read. Pete Blaber’s “The Mission, The Men, and Me” exposes his on the ground account of the operations he has commanded and further explains the many guiding principles that lead him to much success in all his endeavors, personal and military. Future officers
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An example of this situation would be where the young officer is tasked with training the whole company in land navigation using vehicles and GPS systems he or she is not familiar with. The lieutenant over-reacts and takes on the entire training event planning without consulting his platoon sergeant or his chain of command spending countless hours researching. If the officer had just taking a step back to analyze the situation and realize how large the training event would have to be, he or she might have thought to seek the consult from his experienced Non-Commissioned Officers. Often times a young officer may assume situations that may not be true at all such as the capability of his or her soldiers. For example Private Joe Snuffy may not have the best scores on his Army Physical Fitness Test but his knowledge in mountaineering and land navigation is top notch from years of experience as a boy scout. His input could benefit the platoon’s overall training objective which would require a change of plans.
Some new lieutenants prefer to stick to an initial plan rather than be flexible and allow new information to improve the plan as it is executed. Commanders typically want to see a lieutenant’s plan and add his/her input which usually changes the original plan to a degree. Young officers should not only seek the advice from his commander but also from many other sources such as the internet, NCOs, soldiers with subject matter expertise, and many more. Pete Blaber’s

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