Leadership Lessons Learned from Pete Blaber’s “The Mission, The Men, and Me” Leadership Lessons Learned from Pete Blaber’s “The Mission, The Men, and Me” Rarely are we able to have face to face contact with great leaders let alone have enough time to hear their stories on the battlefield and what secrets lead them to success. A young future military officer may not have the opportunity to meet such great leaders or have the time to interview them but what they do have is time to read. Pete Blaber’s “The Mission, The Men, and Me” exposes his on the ground account of the operations he has commanded and further explains the many guiding principles that lead him to much success in all his endeavors, personal and military. Future officers in the United States Army should take these readings and lessons from experienced veterans and apply them to their future careers in the military. The Army National Guard, a reserve component of the U.S. Army makes it their business to always be ready for threats foreign and domestic which is why Blaber’s books as well as other books written by combat veterans are incorporated in officer professional development. Taking the lessons learned from combat veterans prepares officers mentally and intellectually for future military missions. Pete Blaber’s quote, “Don’t Plan, Prepare” sums up the idea of combat readiness, especially when the component in question may not have a solid understanding of type of combat will be faced in future operations. During times of peace and low deployment tempo, the Army National Guard must stay ready with creative and effective training open to adaptability. In Blaber’s book, he inundates the reader with his guiding principles to be an effective leader and elaborates on their specific and combined effect on mission success, taking care of your men, and lastly yourself. One of Blaber’s guiding principles, “Don’t get treed by a Chihuahua”, can be applied to all future junior officers. Many of times a new...
Cited: Blaber, Pete. The Mission, the Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander. New York: Berkley Caliber, 2008. Print.
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