From the Command Sergeant Major

11/21/2018  |  By Command Sgt. Maj. R. Todd Priest 108th Training Command (IET)
From the Command Sergeant Major
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To be given special trust and confidence to serve as a leader in the United States Army is an honor and privilege. I am humbled to “get to be” the Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the 108th Training Command (IET). It is with great responsibility and passion that I serve and represent the Soldiers, Department of the Army Civilians and Families within our command. I look forward to serving with each of you and appreciate the opportunity to share a few of my operational principles and framework. 

Leadership Principles aka CSM Leadership Rucksack

The Army has an effective time-tested definition of leadership: The process of influencing others by providing purpose, direction and motivation (PDM), while improving the organization.

  • At the heart of leadership is trust and mutual respect and I would submit to you, this is best accomplished by setting the example, hard realistic training, taking care of Soldiers and living the Army Values.  
  • Leaders must be “with” Soldiers in challenging and adverse situations, first in training and later in combat...
  • Leaders are last in the chow line, first in training and later in combat...
  • Leaders assess and understand Soldiers force protection, first in training and later in combat...
  • Leaders assess Soldiers living conditions, first in training, and later in combat...
  • Leaders make organizations better by developing a band of excellence and a winning culture.
  • Transformational leaders inspire Soldiers to fulfill their larger purpose “to serve our great nation”.

Leadership Principles aka CSM Leadership Rucksack “TIPS”

Trust is paramount, never break faith

  • Believe and trust in others
  • Openness and transparency are vital
  • Lead by example, do what you say you will

Interpersonal Relationship; the silver bullet

  • Communication and mutual respect are the bedrock
  • Empathy; “listen with the intent to understand, not with the intent to reply”
  • Mastering your emotions is just as important as your intelligence

Positive Attitude

  • In the absence of orders take the initiative within the Commander’s intent
  • Perception is reality, but not always the truth...positive perception makes a difference
  • Authentic mistakes happen, learn from “scar tissue”

Service to our country and Soldiers

  • Leadership is a privilege, special trust and confidence
  • This is my unit... the best unit in the Army! Own it!
  • Take care of each other so all may make a significant contribution, “I will not fail those with whom I serve”

CSM Operational Framework

  • Operate within the Commander’s intent; the Commander’s priorities are my priorities; expand the Commander’s reach, be the eyes, ears and honest broker.
  • Operate within the NCO support channel; the NCO Support Channel supports the Chain of Command and runs parallel not perpendicular.
  • Noncommissioned Officers are the primary trainers for the Army, this includes individual and small team readiness.
  • Senior Noncommissioned Officers are the standard bearers; senior trainers, keeper of the colors, expert on unit lineage and history; and the master of drill and ceremony.
  • Engaged NCOs build teams and take ownership of their units. An Army unit that trains as it fights, trains to exceed standards, and challenges its Soldiers will develop a winning culture that will attract the best Soldiers.
  • General George Washington stated that “Discipline is the Soul of an Army”. Good order and discipline of a unit is a product of disciplined leaders who inspire excellence.
  • NCOs make it happen and fight for what is right! The Command Sergeant Major of the Army Reserve stated it best “NCOs take charge, figure it out, and get after it!
  • Physical Fitness is the foundation for success first in training and later in combat. The Sergeant Major of the Army stated it best “Physical Fitness is not the most important thing you will do today – it is the most important thing you do every day”

In closing, again, I am humbled to “get to be” the Command Sergeant Major of the 108th Training Command (IET). I look forward to serving with each of you and appreciate all you do in the service of our great nation. 

Respectfully,

Golden Griffons 7

First in Training – THIS WE’LL DEFEND

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