LTC Ryan/ Lake
April 12, 2010
Leaders are naturally gifted at the skill of leading; there is a difference between having authority over a person and actual being a leader. Being reliable, committed, a people person and hardworking are essential when it comes being a leader, if subordinates see their leader slacking on his or her duties they will do the same, in turn you have to practice what you preach. There are five types of leadership styles directive which just involve giving orders, transactional motives by presenting awards are punishments, transformational focus on inspiration and change, participating more hands and subordinates are involved in planning, and delegating in which subordinates are accountable for their own action. Captain Herbert Sobel leadership style can be put in the transactional category.
Colonel Bauer loves to quote the saying “An officer on duty has no friends.” I always assumed I knew what he meant but I got the full understanding after reading about Herbert Sobel. Herbert Sobel was Jewish, urban, and earned a commission from the National Guard. His career in the army started as a private, he then received his commission from Officer Candidate School and was assign as CO of Easy Company and became a Captain. Sobel had no friends. Officers would avoid him at the officers’ club. None went on pass with him, none sought out his company. No one in Easy Company knew anything about him and no one cared.Sobel was consider a tyrant and was as hard on his officers as his enlisted. It could be assume that Sobel would be the classic chicken shit because of his background. He had been a clothing store salesman and knew nothing of the out-of-doors. He was ungainly, uncoordinated, in no way an athlete.This led to Captain Sobel using his authority cruelly but effective to reach his goal of his company being the best in the regiment. They drilled longer, ran faster, trained harder and were punish...