Bosses and Leadership

Hal Moore on Leadership

In early 2021 in Hal Moore’s files, I found a detailed initial outline of what would later grow into the “Hal Moore on Leadership” book. This series of posts pulls from that outline – mostly short paragraphs or bullets.

For more detail, check out the book (click on the image to go to Amazon). The focus of Moore’s life after retirement from the military was on helping and mentoring others along the path to becoming great leaders. 

Know your stuff and work your ass off.

Achieving your goals means being one step ahead of the game.  ALWAYS get to the workplace before the boss.  Read up on what’s happened over-night.  If a crisis or situation has occurred on which the boss has an interest or will be involved, get ready for the call or notify him quickly.   If it’s a matter on which you have the authority to act and are COMFORTABLE in doing so, DO IT!  If your intelligence, your diligent conscientiousness, and your final product show your boss that he can trust you never to put a sloppy solution or recommendation in front of him, he will most likely always approve of it.

If your boss supervises a lot of sub-units or work places, take time to get out from behind your desk and visit with the subordinate supervisors and workers.  Talk with them.  See for yourself their working conditions, their morale, their needs, and the efficiency of their workplaces.  See if any problems are festering which can be nipped in the bud.  See if any new opportunities or ideas exist which should be exploited by YOUR BOSS.  See if there are any persons who should be recognized for outstanding performance – or any subordinate supervisor your boss should talk to on improvements.

Study the guy in charge

It is crucial for you to know what you are up against when it comes to your boss, professor, audience or assignment.  The more you know, the more you can avoid making mistakes and the quicker you can achieve your goals.  Early on, study the boss carefully.  Talk to others who’ve worked for them.  Determine their primary interests.  Listen.  TAKE NOTES.  Take every opportunity to keep your mouth shut around them except to answer a question or to tell them something important they should know.  Never let them be surprised by information or an event you should have alerted them about.  Stay on top of their primary interests.

In January, 2021 the Senate voted 81-13 to pass the law to rename military bases. Given this overwhelming majority, Fort Benning will be renamed. We understand many object to changing history, but the only option now is to help the Naming Commission select the new name.  Please support our effort to rename Fort Benning for Hal and Julie Moore to recognize the sacrifice of military families.

Reading List (links to Amazon)

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