08 February 2011

Sound Off! Leaders vs Training

What makes a bigger difference on the battlefield?

Great leadership

Well-trained troops

Sound off in the comments with your thoughts!

By: Brant


EastwoodDC said...

At the risk of spouting off on a topic where I have no expertise, well-trained troops make the bigger difference.

Good training should make up for many deficiencies in leadership, but good leadership cannot make up for a lack of training.

Anonymous said...

Good leadership will get you good troops. By motivating/inspriring/leading/manange you should inherently get well trained troops (or all the crap I learned at captains finishing school was for naught)

Guardian said...

From my armchair warrior's perspective, I think well-trained troops are more important than great leadership. Well-trained troops can self-synchronize, to use the net-centric warfare buzzword, in the absence of leadership. The "Little Groups of Paratroopers" (LGOPs) phenomenon in Operation Overlord is a historical example.

On the other hand, poorly-trained troops will not have the skills to to realize their leader's intent. Of course, a great leader will do everything in his power to make sure that his troops are well-trained before the battle starts.

-- Guardian