Colonel Glover Johns
Basic Philosophy of Soldiering
1. Strive to do small things well.
2. Be a doer and a self-starter—aggressiveness and initiative are two most admired qualities in a leader—but you must also put your feet up and THINK.
3. Strive for self-improvement through constant self-evaluation.
4. Never be satisfied. Ask of any project, How can it be done better?
5. Don't over-inspect or over-supervise. Allow your leaders to make mistakes in training, so they can profit from the errors and not make them in combat.
6. Keep the troops informed; telling them "what, how, and why" builds their confidence.
7. The harder the training, the more troops will brag.
8. Enthusiasm, fairness, and moral and physical courage - four of the most important aspects of leadership.
9. Showmanship—a vital technique of leadership.
10. The ability to speak and write well-two essential tools of leadership.
11. There is a salient difference between profanity and obscenity; while a leader employs profanity (tempered with discretion), he never uses obscenities.
12. Have consideration for others.
13. Yelling detracts from your dignity; take men aside to counsel them.
14. Understand and use judgement; know when to stop fighting for something you believe is right. Discuss and argue your point of view until a decision is made, and then support the decision wholeheartedly.
15. Stay ahead of your boss.