Lesson 1/Learning Event 3
Motivation is the desire of the individual to perform a
The leadership demonstrated by commanders and supervisors
greatly influences the motivation of soldiers under their control. Strong
leadership is the key to motivation.
The strong leader defines the
objectives, communicates them, evaluates how well they are being achieved,
and provides feedback to the people doing the work. Most soldiers want to
perform well, but they must know "the rules of the game," the standards
expected of them, and how they are doing.
Superior achievement should be
recognized, and the supervisor should have an active interest in the unit
Skill. Skill is the technical ability to do the tasks associated with one's
duty position. Training is the means which provides skills to individuals.
The skill of the soldiers is one of the commander's most important assets.
The Army training system depends on the unit commander to continue the
of training resources are available, and the commander and maintenance
supervisor should use these to the maximum advantages. Soldier's manuals,
individual job books, skill qualification test (SQT) results, and personal
observation provide the first-line supervisor the means to evaluate and
improve the skills of the soldiers.
Resources. Resources are the tangible and intangible assets needed to get
the job done. They include people, tools and test equipment, repair parts,
publications, facilities, time, skills, funds, and other items.
maintenance supervisor's goal should be to maintain readiness at the
required level with the least amount of resource expenditure.
supervisor determines the resources needed to support specific mission
requirements and advises the commander on the logistic impact of various
courses of action.