By Dandridge M. Malone
Required studying for all current and destiny leaders, this vintage is in case you need to "get the task done"--military or now not.
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He went over and the colonel led him inside of a B-TOC. After General Abrams disappeared into B-TOC, all the officers filed by me, and all of them shook my hand. It was all precision. It didn't seem like they had rehearsed it or anything. These guys were really pros; they didn't bullshit. I shook hands with every officer there, about eighty of them, including the generals down to the lowest lieutenant. The sergeant major of course came at the end. He said, “Goff, good job. ” And I knew I had done a good job for him, you know, in accepting the damn thing.
Leadership, or followership? Neither. It's both. Listen. John T. McFerren assaults up into this kill-or-die situation because HIS BUDDIES ARE COUNTING ON HIM TO DO HIS JOB. HE THINKS HIS BUDDIES WILL CALL HIM A COWARD IF HE DOESN'T ATTACK. HE HAS LEARNED THAT HIS LEADER KNOWS THE RIGHT THING TODO. HE WANTS TO PLEASE HIS LEADER. HE BELIEVES HE WILL BE COURT-MARTIALED IF HE DOESN'T ATTACK. HE THINKS HE WILL BE LEFT ALONE IF HE DOESN'T ATTACK. HE BELIEVES THAT FOLLOWING ORDERS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.
With us being at the woodline and me sitting there exhausted, and with the area completely quietened, a few of the other squads started to run into the woodline, crouched, searching, looking, weapons at the ready. They started taking a body count. That was when the CO went into the woodline—to see if they could find any prisoners or whatever. But I'd done most of the work. The rest of the guys were sitting. I'd been doing all the running, so I was dead to the world. The guys just told me to sit there, because my pig was out of action.
Small Unit Leadership: A Commonsense Approach by Dandridge M. Malone