Leading in the “millennial Army”

What if they are not lazy but have found a better way to work? What if we became better leaders and then, only after we have exhausted our best forms of leadership, made the call whether the “new army” or the “new workforce” is really what people say it is?

In a recent post I spoke about the need for leaders to posses adaptability. A leader who is adaptable, is one who is willing to lead each person differently. To understand what it takes to get a person to want to be lead by you.

Leaders control output by their willingness to take a short halt ( a pause), listen and then command. A leader who hastily makes a change or discredits a person because of different generational views is practicing lazy leadership.


A leader who accepts responsibility, establishes standards that only they themselves would be proud of and demands they are executed with respect. We have a job to do. You do that job with the resources you have. Adaptation in your leadership style is no different than adaptation to a new AR, FM or weapon system. Before you read any further, practice the operations process…How is your current leadership model working for you

Leaders need to be able to weather the storm of discomfort and uncertainty while they take a short halt, listen and then command.

The idea of “the new Army” it is no longer a valid excuse, it is reality. Our reality is that the military is different. It is not the same as you may remember it. Your Army is no longer here. My Army is no longer here. The Army I lead in as an NCO is dramatically different than the one you and I are leading in now. And I hate to break it to you but you and I are indirectly or directly responsible for the Army of today. For better or worse. However, there is one constant. Our responsibility as leaders to train the worlds greatest fighting force. Our responsibility as leaders to mentor, train and develop. Our responsibility to take a short halt ( a pause), listen and then command. The new make up of combat units, the transition to new the ever changing tempo of combat

You as the leader need to be willing to adapt and learn how to better serve your subordinates because there are two certain things.

  1. You are a leader.
  2. If ever there was a job where customer service was key, it is your job as a leader that requires that. At the end of the day ask yourself, will they follow me into battle?

Take note of the good and the bad from your formation into a leader. Keep a journal on those you lead. Apply the values of the military and the standards that you demand. There is a generational shift and as leaders we must be willing to take a short halt, listen and then command.

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