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  1. Ray D. Frew, LTC, Armor (RET)
    September 21, 2017 @ 10:45 am

    Instead of a linear model perhaps consider a concentric circle model. Remember “rings of defense”? Perhaps also consider Ken Blanchard’s Situational Leadership model which is quadrant based. IMHO a linear model restricts the discussion..


    • jbowen100
      September 21, 2017 @ 11:10 am

      Sir, I appreciate your insight. I completely agree that there are different ways to represent this dichotomy; the Situational Leadership model is a great idea too. My current leadership professor (Dr. W.W. Burke at Columbia) even proposed a bar chart with two bars that have a zero-sum difference between leadership & management.
      I used a linear model as that is what makes most sense to me cognitively. I fully acknowledge that this representation may not best depict the content for everyone. Thank you for sharing your feedback as I think it will help other readers see that there are different ways of understanding this topic.


  2. Brian
    October 1, 2017 @ 9:17 am

    Well written and arguably true. Flawed in its assumption that Management/Managers are at the opposite end of the continuum described above. Duties and Responsibilities of Managers are not the same as Military Leaders because of one litttle detail, life. Military Leaders may perform many tasks that manage budgets, facilities, and equipment. They may also manage Service members careers, but they Management and Manage does not describe the real function of the military. Service members must be led in a fight, not managed. The descision to put ones life on the line cannot be managed. Military Leaders must make the decision to put their most valuable resources on the line. This occurs from the president to team leader/ section leader.

    Managers don’t have to worry worry about loss of life and employee development outside of their profession. Military Leaders are held accountable for every action one of their service members takes. Alcohol, domestic violence, drugs and personal water safety are all part of their responsibility.

    Managing Service members is part of what Military Leaders do, the reason this team is shunned is because it only partially explains what they do.

    Duty First


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    October 16, 2018 @ 8:35 pm

    Stimulating post, I enjoyed this read. It reminds me that there are both ends of management spectrum. Micromanagement? Never a good thing. But, effective managing can lead to successful leading.


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