Thursday, June 13, 2019

“When leaders resort too often to telling subordinates ‘Just do it’, subordinates lose both an understanding of the commander’s thinking and their ability to think on their own when they become leaders. Explaining why is perhaps one of the most important things a leader can do before the heat of the battle.”
– Dr. Olenda E. Johnson, USNWC Faculty –

Explaining “why” is an important part of understanding “Commander’s Intent”, one of the six principles that undergird the Army’s Mission Command philosophy which we examiner earlier this year. Click here for more information about Mission Command or Click here for Dr. Johnson’s thoughts on the importance of ‘why’ and don’t ever underestimate the importance of explaining your thinking to your team.