I can tell you from experience that this post from “Task and Purpose” is pretty spot on concerning leadership through anger. During a conversation with one of my junior Sergeants years ago, I became aware that I was actually “doing it right” in regards to the method of leadership and discipline that I used. He told me that my men were not concerned about be screamed at by me if they screwed up. Their concern was in disappointing me. My expectations were simple. Best effort and constant improvement. I am not a perfectionist, but I expected everyone to strive for it. I was very fortunate in my first unit because I had some awesome SSG’s, SFC’s, and Master Sergeants to learn leadership from and come to emulate. Their manner of leadership became my style of leadership once I became an NCO.
One of the finest men I have ever had the privelege to serve under was (then) SSgt Ernest Chaney. I never ever heard the man raise his voice in anger, not even once. Yet I never questioned his authority nor his orders.
One of the great pleasures of life that I had later was re-connecting with him and telling him what I thought of him as a person and an NCO. It did not surprise me one bit when he told me he’d retired as a Sergeant Major.
That’s Sergeant Major Chaney on the left. I love that motherfucker. Follow him to hell? In a heartbeat.