The drill sergeant leadership top down attitude says I am in charge and it is my way or the highway. In the military especially boot-camp you have the drill sergeant barking orders to weak underlings. The idea is someone has to take charge or nothing gets done, this is the drill sergeant leadership top down attitude. This kind of attitude has been dubbed rightfully the drill sergeant leadership top down attitude.
This style of drill sergeant leadership top down attitude works best by keeping the knowledge factor of its people limited. The idea is if people are kept in the dark the drill sergeant leadership top down leader can use this power to dominate followers. Ignorant followers work by making the drill sergeant leadership top down leader look better and keep people in line. An extreme example of this kind of drill sergeant leadership top down attitude would be Adolph Hitler.
Whatever you do in the next few minutes I want you to watch the introductory video clip of “The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make” by Hans Finzel. In his book he listed as one of the “Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make” the drill sergeant top down attitude. Watch the video clip now and then read the rest of the post and after that I hope you will get your copy of “The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make” for your library.
Hitler Was a Prime Example of the Drill Sergeant Leadership Top Down Attitude!
Another example of the drill sergeant top down leadership could develop a chain reaction where the boss barks orders to the employee, the employee goes home and barks orders at his wife, the wife barks orders at the children, the children kick the dog, the dog chases the cat and the cat eats the mouse. Drill sergeant top down leadership comes about so natural but it also is a great mistake. Do yourself and everyone around you a huge favor and go out and get the mouse and forget about the change of command.
Many Fall Into the Drill Sergeant Leadership Top Down Attitude!
First because the drill sergeant top down is traditional leadership.
Second the drill sergeant top down is the most common method of leadership.
Third the drill sergeant top down is the easiest method of leadership. It is so much easier to tell someone what to do then attempt other more effective leadership styles.
Fourth the drill sergeant top down is a more natural method of leadership. It just comes more natural to dominate other people and amass power.
Fifth the drill sergeant top down reflects man’s depravity. The problem was begun by the devil when he wanted to be God. And this has been at the root of our own problems ever sense. “I want to be God!” Do you really? Or would you rather have the support of those you are responsible for leading?
We Want the Drill Sergeant Leadership Top Down Power!
For those good leaders out there that are not so bull-headed and stubborn may we suggest another style of leadership in the place of the drill sergeant top down style called Servant top down leadership? Let me illustrate it by comparing it to the Drill Sergeant Top down style:
First the Drill Sergeant Top down style: 1) Work is distasteful to most people, 2) Most people are not ambitious, 3) Most people have little capacity for creativity, 4) Motivation levels are controlled, and 5) Most people are closely controlled and coerced.
Second is the Servant-hood Top Down style: 1) Work is as natural as play, 2) Self-control is indispensable, 3) Capacity for creativity distributed widely, 4) Motivation occurs freely at all levels, and 5) Self directed and self creative.
The very best example of Servant Top Down Leadership is Jesus Messiah. “But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:” Philippians 2:7. Jesus made Himself nothing for His team. This is right the opposite of the drill sergeant top down leadership model. Question: How many have heard of and have a favorable attitude toward Jesus Messiah, but unfavorable when it comes to Hitler?
Most of us want to be seen and our reputation is so important to us. We want to been seen with the ‘right people’, remembered in the ‘right light’, advertised with our names spelled right, live in the right neighborhood, drive the right kind of car, and wear the right kind of clothing. No Reputation! You have got to be kidding me? But I kid you not. This sounds a lot like the drill sergeant top down attitude to me.
To those that would be leaders of men may we first say learn to lead yourself. Until you learn to lead yourself and learn what is truly important you will never be equipped to lead other people. Empty yourself of all preconceived notions and ideas and begin your journey a new. The drill sergeant top down attitude does not allow for this. There are five reasons why people follow other people.
The 5 Reasons Why People Follow are the Opposite of the Drill Sergeant Leadership Top Down Attitude Listed Below In Opposite Order On Purpose!
5. POSITION (Title) “Rights.” People follow because they have no chose. It is not your influence but your job description. You have a high turn-over and low morale. You have two years at best! Drill Sergeant Top down leaders love position.
4. PERMISSION “Relationships.” People follow because they want. It is more influence than job description. But do not stay here to long even though it is more fun. Stay here to long and highly motivated people become restless.
3. PRODUCTION “Results.” People follow because of what you have done. Success is sensed by most people. Problems are fixed with very little effort because of momentum. Do not lose momentum!
2. PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT “Reproduction.” People follow because of what you do personally. At this stage long-term growth occurs. It is here that it is important to develop leaders to insure continued growth. Do what you can to stay at this level!
1. PERSON-HOOD “Respect.” This is reserved for those good leaders who have spent years growing people. Out of the few that make it they are bigger than life!
The mistake with the Drill Sergeant Top down leadership attitude is that people will eventuality tire of being treated as unimportant clogs and wise up and move to a place where they are somebody. The Drill Sergeant Top down leaders days are numbered.
Although leadership is the hot topic on conference agendas and book tours most people who find themselves in positions of leadership have little or no training for the role. They simply continue to make the same old mistakes such as the drill sergeant top down style.
With additional and newly updated material the “Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make” classic reveals the most common errors that leaders consistently make such as the drill sergeant top down leadership. Regardless of training or age and the way to stop these bad habits from undermining their positive talents and accomplishments is by reading “The Ten Mistakes Leaders Make”.
Whether you are leading a company, a ministry, a Girl Scout troop or your family “The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make” is a must read for anyone who wants to lead others effectively and the drill sergeant top down leadership style is a real mistake, that has to go.
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There are more effective ways of being a leader then the drill sergeant top down style of leadership and we do not have to make this mistake that is one of “The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make.” Every one should have a clear understanding of “The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make” and I have reserved for a limited time the unabridged edition of “The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make” by Hans Finzel. You can check out the “Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make” and get your copy by going here now.
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