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"Small Unit Leadership" by Malone

Malone's final chapter seems to summarize the role and responsibility of a small unit leader. Yet, in doing so, he lists 27 different "how to's". Generally speaking, such a large number proves unmanageable when it comes down to determining what might be called the "commander's guide to successful leadership."

Select what you feel to be the most important "how to's" from what Malone has listed - no more than 5. Explain and support your selection of the "top 5."

Malone's How To's:

1. How to listen
2. How to process information
3. How to transmit
4. How to be a self-starter
5. How to plan
6. How to manage time
7. How to make meetings work
8. How to set standards
9. How to delegate
10. How to inspect
11. How to maintain good performance levels
12. How to provide corrective feedback to a soldier
13. How to reward individuals
14. How to bring smoke
15. How to handle a ?Sharpshooter?
16. How to counsel
17. How to use the EER and OER to improve performance
18. How to check unit performance
19. How to provide feedback to teams
20. How to use team rewards
21. How to use team punishment
22. How to motivate
23. How to prepare for stress
24. How to handle fear on the battlefield
25. How to build a winning attitude
26. How to supervise
27. How to ask the right questions

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The following 5 "How to's are the one that I feel are most important:

The first is how to listen. The ability to listen to your subordinates, peers and superiors will make you an effective leader. All leader should have the ability to listen to their soldiers and use problem-solving techniques and caring for soldiers as a tool to gain loyalty from your soldiers. The ability to listen lets the soldier know that you ...

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