What Soldiers Expect From Their Leaders
Leadership Principles for the new ADP 6-22; A Monograph by Major Gregory W. McLean, US Army, SAMS, AY 2012-001
General Bruce C. Clarke, former commander of U.S. Army Europe from 1958-1960 also had combat experience in World War II and Korea, also believed the ultimate weapon of any war of the future is the ground combat soldier, whom he regarded as "the only weapon in our arsenal who knows no limit or offers no bounds." General Clarke was renowned for his teaching of combat leadership; General Eisenhower said, "The Army has had two great trainers – Von Steuben and Bruce Clarke." He produced many maxims, which carried on the traditions of Marshall, for example:
What Soldiers expect from their Leaders:
- Honest, just, and fair treatment.
- Consideration due them as mature, professional soldiers.
- Personal interest take in them as individuals.
- Shielding from harassment from "higher up.
- The best in leadership.
- That their needs be anticipated and provided for.
- All the comforts and privileges practicable.
- To be kept oriented and told the 'reason why.'
- A well-thought-out program of training, work and recreation.
- Clear-cut and positive decisions and orders which are not constantly changing demands on them commensurate with their capabilities – not to small, not too great.
- That their good work be recognized, and publicized when appropriate.