The Detroit Free Press has an article today about a Marine, previously deployed to Iraq, and now facing the prospect of deploying to Afghanistan as a Sargeant, responsible for leading the kind of men that he used to be when he first went to Iraq.
The article quotes Master Sgt. Brian Ivers, a 21-year veteran of the Marine Corps speaking on leadership.
"It's like an apprenticeship -- seeing and doing," [Ivers] said.
But Ivers said that non-commissioned officers aren't there for personal improvement or finding a better business model.
"You can't manage men in combat," Ivers said. "You have to lead them.... These kids that you are leading are on loan -- we don't own them."
- Leadership isn’t management.
- Leaders are created by seeing and doing.