Episode 2 - Platoon Leadership - Bram and Trent


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This week on the WarriorU Podcast, we’ll discuss a range of topics relating to platoon leadership, including leading as a brand-new platoon commander, relationships with Senior NCO’s and their wider impact within a platoon as a leader.

Episode Highlights:

  • Leading as a brand-new platoon commander.
  • The wider impacts of such leadership within a platoon.
  • Platoon Sergeant and senior NCO’s.
  • The role of Platoon Sergeant and Senior NCO’s.
  • The difference between operational and life experience.
  • High speed and low speed of Senior NCO’s.
  • The rules of the Platoon Sergeant’s leadership and listening to advice.
  • Soldiers themselves are an eclectic mix of fitness levels, standards, professionalism, personalities and enthusiasm.
  • The role is a relationship job and needs to understand this.
  • Development management and high-performance culture.

3 Key Points:

  1. The role of a senior NCO.
  2. It is a relationship job and knowing your soldiers is essential.
  3. The importance of counselling skills.

Tweetable Quotes:

  • “As the commander, your job is to assess the information before you, and that includes the advice of your senior NCOs” – Lieutenant Colonel Trent Burnard
  • “Being a Platoon Commander is a relationships job” - Lieutenant Colonel Trent Burnard
  • “Counselling is so important and it needs to be done correctly.” - Lieutenant Colonel Trent Burnard

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