This is my first post that features a real life leader who displays real leadership qualities. I had the opportunity to speak to a young man currently serving in the U.S. Army.
Kaleb Stroud is an E5/Sergeant and team leader for the infantry. He first enlisted in March of 2010 and is now stationed at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska with his wife. Kaleb committed to serve a three-year term, but in 2012 he decided to re-enlist for another three years. At only 23 years old, he is already doing great things for his country.
I was able to ask Kaleb some questions about his leadership role in the U.S. Army. Here is what he had to say:
Q: Tell me about a time you had to lead a team.
A: I lead a team everyday, twenty-four hours a day. My job is never complete. Being a leader isn’t just about leading men into combat or through a training mission. Being a leader is about leading your team through life. They know they can count on me on and off duty. My men know that they can call me at 4:00 a.m. if they need me, and I’ll answer. These kids don’t have family up here so they need to know that I’m that person they can count on for guidance for anything I love being that person. My soldiers and my wife are what keep me going everyday.
Q: What kind of leadership training have you completed?
A: I have competed Warrior Leaders Course (WLC), Cold Weather Leaders Course (CWLC) and Team Leaders course. Also, I’ve been through multiple classes, including Air Load Planner, Unit Prevention Leader and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense Leader (CBRN).
Q: What advice would you give someone going into a leadership position for the first time?
A: The best advice I can give if you’re going into a leadership position is to be patient and take it all in. Learn as much as you can because it will make you and your team that much better.
Q: What is one characteristic you think all leaders should have?
A: One characteristic every leader should have is motivation. Even if you’re not as knowledgeable as the next guy, if you’re motivated everyone around you will be too.
I can’t express how grateful I am to have Kaleb share his viewpoint on leadership with me. He is truly passionate about being a leader and being accountable for future leaders in the U.S. Army.
Did you serve in the armed forces? If so, I would love to hear about your leadership experiences!