Moving Home Page 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?

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    • #6366
      mmWayne Griffin
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      I think Lt. Speirs had great leadership skills, and his actions showed it. After the incident with the drunk Sgt, I think his platoon saw that he was not going to allow any one soldier jeopardize the mission. He also showed his leadership skills when he ran through the German occupied town of Foy to deliver a message to another platoon, and then ran back through the town back to his platoon. He didn’t worry about his own well being. He wanted to accomplish the mission. Lt. Speirs did not do anything that he would not ask his soldiers to do. I believe his soldiers supported any decision he made, and was behind him. They had full confidence in his skill set, ability, and leadership skills.

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      mmDrew Leblanc
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      Lt. Speirs showed extreme ownership in the way he handled many of his situations, preferably the one with Sgt. Dike. The understanding that he put the mission first regardless of the circumstances in front of showed true characteristics of leadership. Lt. Spiers actively courageously providing pertinent information to subsequent platoons in order to have mission success. He did not worry about his well being while he traversed along perilous routes. I believe Lt. Speirs showed extreme gumption in his actions of true bravery.

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      Jeffrey Brown
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      The mission was a direct assault on a an enemy occupied position. Basically a battle drill. Lt. Dike was promoted beyond his abilities and was allowed to command the company because of politics. Dike was incompetent and crumbled under pressure and was unable or unwilling to continue the attack as ordered, thereby placing the mission and Easy Company. Lt. Speirs was a competent and confident leader who was able to assess a situation and make a decision under high stress. On top of this Lt. Speirs had proven himself as a warrior was who probably had some of Easy Company’s members terrified to disobey him. After taking command and making his assessment, he quickly made a plan, gave his subordinate leaders directives, and aggressively implemented the plan. Lt. Speirs led the way and the men of Easy Company instinctively followed. I know that the warriors of Easy Company appreciated being led by an aggressive, competent and confident leader.

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      mmJacob Taylor
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      Lieutenant Speirs was a capable leader and showed confidence in decision making which caused a ripple effect with those serving under his command. When trust and confidence in a leader are high, the team benefits and leadership is created from within.

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      Anthony Kies
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      Not only did Sgt. Dike not prepare himself, however he was never ready. You can be a decent supervisor, but a horrible leader. Most times leader emerge when needed which is exactly what Lt. Speirs did. His leadership actions and ability to continue the operation and yet keep the respect of the troops speaks volumes. The leaders inability to take action would have cost much more turmoil then an wrong decision as long as a decision was made.

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      mmChris Eklund
      Participant

      Lt Speirs led by example, shaped by leadership before him. His actions, obviously being previously inspired to do what others may normally not most definitely earned him a great deal of respect. Being placed in a role of leadership can happen to anyone, even if they may not actually be qualified as a leader, particularly as a leader in crisis. Respect must be earned. This is aided by the respected being able to make decisions to help accomplish the mission.

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      Max Yakovlev
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      Lt Speirs started on the leadership path with Easy Company during basic training. Small things matter to the team. His actions and his ability to be “in the mix” showed Easy members that he is willing to do what he was asking them to do. he lead by example and from the front.

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      Adam Bradford
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      Leading from the front and setting the example are what good leaders do. This is an example of what a leader is. Many times, the leaders subordinates need to see the leader actually take charge and lead from the front. The problem is some use leading from the front as a punch line. Lt Speirs led by example, by doing so this established the trust and confidence we discussed in an earlier discussion board.

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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.

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      Jesse Laintz
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      I think Lt. Speirs showed and operated with great leadership. When dealing with a subordinated that made a stupid decision that could jeopardizes the mission it is important to act properly and swiftly. He also show extreme unselfishness when ran through the German town to deliver a message to another platoon, and then ran back through the town back to his platoon. He showed that he was not going to ask his people to do something that he himself would not do in order to accomplish the important mission.

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      mmShawn Wilson
      Participant

      When one is being shot at, one can have all the training in the world, but may not respond to that training. I do not fault Dike for his failures as when he was faced with true combat he froze; this is not something he could control. Speirs understood what the mission was; and that was to stop his people from dying. Yes, there were clear military objectives that were outlined in a plan prior to this operation as with all military operations. Speirs knew that he had to instill the feeling of invincibility in his company not only to achieve the military objectives but to save them all from being killed, and to do that he had to expose himself to the enemy, forcing the enemy to focus on him and not his troops who would have a window of opportunity to move. A commander that is willing to make a sacrifice such as this has always been revered by his troops.

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      Thomas Carroll
      Participant

      This demonstrated the importance of leadership fundamentals. Lead from the front and set the example for others to follow. When leaders share in the same hardships as their troops they will be trusted and more influential in getting all to work toward a common goal.

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