U.S. Army Leadership FM 6-22 (FM 22-100)

Archive for October, 2011

Leadership means more than being a nice guy

It is a lot easier to define leadership than it is to put your finger on the attributes of a good leader.

There are as many ways to look at the question as there are ways to lead effectively.

A common thread is often taking care of Soldiers. Looking out for your subordinates’ well being is certainly an important consideration, but it always has to be tempered by the knowledge that accomplishing the mission might put those subordinates at grave risk.

Leaders must weigh the risks against the benefits of any decision they make. Sometimes those decisions lead to the death or injury of their Soldiers. That is the inevitable price of following the profession of arms. (continue reading…)

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