Douglas SatterfieldMy name is Douglas Satterfield and I live with my wife Nancy in Southern New Jersey.  My experience in Senior Executive Leadership has been fascinating.  As I travel about, people ask me to discuss the topic and those many conversations have helped develop deeper friendships.  This blog is a capture of both those discussions and new leadership discoveries.

I am recently retired from the U.S. Army.  In my last “flag” position, I serve in a dual capacity as the Deputy Commanding General for a Theater Engineer Command composed of 12,000 Soldiers and civilians, and as the Chief of Staff Engineer for a U.S. Field Army.

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  1. Daniel

    Hello Mr Satterfield,

    my name is Daniel and I find your blogs very useful. Thank you for your publications and the insight.
    I myself formulated a few leadership guides regarding micromanagment, also on how different Squad structures support a micromanaging leader.
    Once I spoke to a former company sergeant about this subject and he verified to me that there is micromanagment even down
    to the individual and he himself was once a micromanaging fireteamleader.
    unfortunately most people that i meet with military background deny this and determine its existence at platoon level and above.
    My goal is to go deeper into this subject and to find evidence to improve my environment.
    My environment is a military simulation which is played on pc.

    My question to you is where I can find literature or which of those suggested ones are about the subject of factors of
    micromanagment within the platoon, squad and how squad structures resulted because of certain conclusions.

    I thank you for your attention.

    best regards


    1. Douglas Satterfield

      Micromanagement does, of course, occur in the military. It is a threat to good leadership and the vast majority of leaders I know are careful to avoid it. I know few who would deny its existence. Usually leaders improve with experience and good coaching/mentoring by more senior leaders. However, we should not deny that micromanagement in the military can occur at any level, not just at the platoon level. For example, the most egregious micromanagement event in my lifetime was U.S. President Johnson’s administration detailed management of the Vietnam War. I wish that I could point to specific literature on the subject but I’m unaware of any specific writings on the subject. I did a blog entry earlier this year on the topic … a good place to start: http://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-micromanagement-and-the-military/


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