Dear Ladies and Gentlemen of the esteemed ARRSE community, Please may I enlist your views and experience (both from serving and ex-serving Army personnel) to assist me in my preparation for sub-unit command. From summer 2012 I will be taking command of a combat support sub-unit (in a close support role) and I could not think of better online community than ARRSE to request their support and advice to help my preparation. From the outset, I passionately wish to be a 'good' commander, but what is a 'good' commander? I am aware that my own view of a 'good' sub-unit commander may be skewed by my own experience/opinion and that I may be wrong in some of the assumptions I have made about what is important and what isn't. What I need is some honest opinion about what it good (and should be done) and what is bad (thus be avoided) in order that I can hit the ground running in 2012 and be effective from the start. I am aware that I will operate in a world of flux, continually shifting between the needs of the task and the needs of my team; aware that these rarely coincide! Often this situation is referred to as the balance between looking up and out, and down and in. In my experience too much of one way or the other is the main pitfall to avoid. I hope that some of the advice provided here will help me negotiate this see-saw position. I would be grateful to anyone who could spend some time in answering any my questions listed below? I would also be welcome to any general comments that anyone would like to put forward. All views are welcome and are of value. Whilst the questions are written mostly in the present tense I would also like to hear from ex-serving personnel as their views no doubt remain applicable. As a starter for comment I have 3 questions: * What makes a good sub-unit commander? * What mistakes/pitfalls should I avoid? * What would you like changed at work so that you could be more effective and so work would be more satisfying? Thanks in advance to anyone who provides a reply. Regards Xenophon2012 ps I am new to ARRSE if you think this would receive a better response in another forum please let me know.