NTOA Forums Operational Leadership SWAT Command Decision-Making And Leadership I: Leadership Dike didn’t prepare himself for leading in crisis. What about Lieutenant Speirs leadership and actions? How did the team respond to him? Why? Reply To: Dike didn’t prepare himself for leading in crisis. What about Lieutenant Speirs leadership and actions? How did the team respond to him? Why?

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Jon Thompson
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Speirs led by example and took the toughest assignments for himself (ie; the charge in Foy). While the story about Speirs shooting one of his sergeants due to insubordination was never verified, it was widely believed by his soldiers. That fact in itself tells you that Speirs was tough and very willing to administer judicial punishment himself. His soldiers may have feared him to a certain degree but they respected him because he kept them alive. Leading from the front and assuming the same risks as his soldiers paid off for Speirs.