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September 27, 2020

S6 Ep 04: Leading in the Field

Trent Burnard

This week on the WarriorU Podcast, Bram continues his talk with Trent Burnard on leadership in the Army, training, structures and situations.

In this episode, the pair dive deeper into the topic of leadership, and specifically leading a platoon out in the field. They discuss critical factors to ensuring successful leadership such as effective training, a clear leadership structure and key mottos such as ‘What doesn’t get checked doesn’t get done’ and ‘Make things simple, not simpler’.

 Episode Highlights:

  • Training the platoon and understanding the ‘why’ and ‘how’.
  • Structuring and developing a training programme that is measurable.
  • How it builds towards your ‘why?’
  • Demonstrating measurable progress for your platoon.
  • Platoon infrastructure and the welfare buddy system.
  • Leading a platoon out in the field.
  • “What doesn’t get checked doesn’t get done.”
  • “Make things simple, not simpler.”
  • Ineffectiveness and effectiveness are infectious – energy transfers
  • The dangers of siloing information.
  • Demonstrating leadership is the most effective form of communication.

3 Key Points:

  1. Structuring and developing training programs that are measurable.
  2. “What doesn’t get checked doesn’t get done.”
  3. Demonstrating leadership is the most effective form of communication.

Tweetable Quotes:

  • “Building confidence as a leader is crucial.” – Trent Burnard
  • “It doesn’t matter what field you’re in humans are humans, and what doesn’t get checked doesn’t get done.” – Trent Burnard
  • “Leadership is about energy transfer.” – Trent Burnard
  • “Demonstrate what you are talking about from a leadership perspective.” – Trent Burnard

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