Douglas R. Satterfield

Hello. I'm Doug and I provide at least one article every day on some leadership topic. I welcome comments and also guests who would like to write an article. Thanks for reading my blog.

Author Archives: Douglas R. Satterfield

‘You’re Only Average, Lieutenant Satterfield’

By | October 15, 2020

[October 15, 2020]  Officers in the U.S. military are, at minimum, give annual evaluations that provide feedback on both their performance and potential.  Evaluations are crucial to the career of the officer and impact future performance.  Thus, when I received my very first evaluation, I was upset.  It read, ‘You’re only average, 2LT Satterfield.’ I don’t particularly appreciate… Read More »

Sometimes You’re the Bait

By | October 14, 2020

[October 14, 2020]  There will be times as a leader you will be the bait to attract unwanted attention and the enemy’s firepower.  During my first combat tour of duty, my small unit was tasked to build a small engineering project “outside the wire” to attract an enemy insurgent cell’s attention. Overlooking my unit was a Special Forces… Read More »

Charging into Danger

By | October 12, 2020

[October 12, 2020]  Shortly after the terror attacks on U.S. soil, September 11, 2001, I was sitting on an Army bus when I overhead two buck Sergeants talking.  The red-headed Sergeant said that he had wished he was on one of the commercial jets that had crashed into the World Trade Center a few days earlier.  He believed… Read More »

Leaders are NOT Neutral

By | October 10, 2020

[October 10, 2020]  Last night at our weekly Boy Scout meeting, the boys held an election to determine who would be their next Senior Patrol Leader.  The Scoutmaster, an experienced and fine gentleman, explained how the Scout election process worked and how to judge the candidates properly.  He made several important points.  First, among his points was that… Read More »