I'm having an interesting dilemma with my team. We're a scenario team, so we can get away with carrying a lot more team members then most others. Depending on how you count them, we've got anywhere from 20-35 people on the team, with more constantly streaming in. This is great for the Skirmish scenarios we go to, because a critical mass of warm bodies and one leader screaming "on 3, we charge!" is often all you need to take ground. But this becomes problematic when that one leader can't always be there, and now our team is still expanding and I'm sort of at a loss. I've been trying for the last 3 years to get new leaders to help ease my burden on the field and put together games. It's been like screaming in a vacuum, at a brick wall. And the brick wall is Helen Keller.
My Admin officer and XO can organize a game about 95% as well as I do, but on field the both of them lack the self confidence to really step up and dominate the team the way you have to when you're in charge. I've tried to work on this as best as I could, but they're both naturally shy and apart from maybe brain surgery there isn't much I can do about it. And, to counteract that, I have two other guys on my team that are godlike on field, but they're both douchebags and will only help off field when they're feeling fired up about the team, which lasts a week at the most and only occurs in the time near games. They're the type who sit at meetings and say everything is stupid and draw phallices with crayons rather then pay attention. To top it all off, I have yet another officer on my team (the guy who basically taught me to play paintball) who can do both but isn't willing to because of his own cryptic logic.
I'm trying, desperately, to grow leadership. This wouldn't even be such an issue except that for our first scenario game of the year, I've been plucked by my side's high command to run a company. Without me there, we can get by somewhat comfortably, but I didn't build this team up just so we can get by. I hold our performance to a higher standard, and the only way to reach that higher standard is to grow some outstanding, motivated, dedicated subordinate leadership for both on and off field. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining about my team, we're very good at what we do, but I just don't want to plateau unnecessarily when there's a world of stuff we'd still like to accomplish.
And it's not like there's no leadership potential on my team. Most of the team's inner sanctum has a metric buttload of leadership experience, albeit most of that leadership isn't paintball related. So how do I get these guys to step up? How do I get these existing leaders to either take this more seriously or be able to handle leadership? And more importantly, how can I take some of our more dedicated lower ranking guys and turn them into the team captains of tomorrow? I'm at a loss here.
I had a similar question about a year ago, but all the progress my XO made seemed to be... meh. He was in charge the year I just spent in Iraq, and more then one of my guys specifically said to me, "Bill was ok, I guess. BTW don't die or the team dies." Not only that, but we want to take on new challenges that aren't possible without other leaders. We want to build a tank, to go to OK D-day, to have an organized fireteam structure, but none of that's going to happen unless we actually get me some help!
And let me cut off whoever's going to suggest making them read military manuals or whatever. It won't work, If I did that every single person on my team would complain that they don't have time to read it and go back to playing Fallout.
This post has been edited by rcp_90: 25 January 2009 - 12:50 AM