3 military traits employer’s love
The carefully designed curriculum that builds average men and women into extraordinary military leaders can have a particular impact in the workplace. While there might be less on the line in an office than in training or service, the principles are still applicable, and employers looking to hire should look for these special characteristics when reviewing veteran applicants.
Soldiers learn to lead others. They know motivating subordinates and their peers to accomplish the tasks at hand extends beyond pointing fingers and doling out blame. It is centered on building a consensus and inspiring excellence to execute a carefully articulated vision for success.
Constant improvement as a leader is essential to building a cohesive team. This means an introspective look at how his or her actions are affecting others and the ultimate accomplishment of the goal. It also means applying time and resources to make each member of the team as effective as possible. Together, when a great leader is at the helm of a dynamic team, the organization is able to achieve excellence, whether it’s driving a deadline for an important presentation or spending the night on patrol.
The best-laid plans are pointless if not executed carefully. The rigors of planning, discipline, and repetition in the military make for excellent primers for the workplace and lay the foundations for delivering successful projects, on time and as expected by management. More importantly, the intense pressures of military training mollify the stresses wrought by the daily operations of a traditional workplace, allowing veterans in these roles to thrive where others may succumb to new pressures.
Anyone hiring and looking to grow struggles to build great teams, But teamwork and collaboration are instincts for veterans, and your organization would likely benefit from their contributions.