Peter Sperry

Many many years ago when I was a very young E-4, I took inordinate pride in being an expert on every weapon in our squad (M-16. .45 cal pistol, M-60 machine gun, M-203 grenade launcher). An older, wiser senior NCO started listing all the weapon systems and skill sets in an infantry division and pointed out that no commanding general or sergeant major could ever master them all. Leaders need to know enough about the skills of their subordinates to earn their respect (and know when they are trying to blow smoke) but it is a fools game for the individual at the top to pretend to be the most expert person in the organization.