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I believe you assigned this book for us to read because it is a clear representation of what it means and takes to be a great officer in the United States Army It has taught me a lot of positive and negative attributes of leadership Sam Damon represents everything that an officer should be and Courtney Massengale represents everything that you hope your superiors are not After reading this book I can ask myself when encountered with a difficult problem What would Sam Damon do This book has taught me several very important lessons about leadership First I must choose the harder right I strongly believe that a good officer is one that is not afraid to go that extra mile to ensure the safety and welfare of the soldiers under his command this is very rarely easier than just doing the minimum Secondly a leader must remain calm in all situations The soldiers under the command of a nervous and indecisive leader will tend to act in the same way they actually inherit some of the traits that their commanding officer portrays both on the battlefield and in garrison If a leader even seems indecisive and unsure of himher self then the soldiers heshe commands will be hesitant about following the orders they are issued and hesitation on the battlefield does nothing more than cost lives Next Id like to touch on the fact that in the army talent must be promoted One should not be afraid to promote officers that have greater aptitude than that they possess If talent had not been promoted then Sam Damon would not have been able to create such a positive impact on the Army and a few more soldiers could have lost their lives in combat One negative aspect of Sam Damon that I personally had a problem with was that he was willingly and able to sacrifice everything for the Army and he did
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