Be-Know-Do, The Army’s Leadership Model

January 27, 2012

The following is one of my favorite posts from 2011.  Thought it was appropriate to share with you one more time.  Hope you have a great weekend!

Being a former Army officer, the Army holds a special place in my heart.  Additionally, they have been the premier leadership training organization in our country for the last couple of centuries.

The Army has a simple, but profound model for leadership:  Be – Know – Do.

By the way, the Leader to Leader Institute (Peter Drucker) has published a great book on this called BE-KNOW-DO, Leadership The Army Way.

The model is simply this:

BE – this is all about your character as a leader and is foundational to your ability to lead.  It gives you the courage to do what is right regardless of the circumstances or the consequences.  As part of BE, you should be aware of your personal core values as well as your organization’s values.  For the Army, their values are:

  • Loyalty
  • Duty
  • Respect
  • Selfless Service
  • Honor
  • Integrity
  • Personal Courage

KNOW – This is about the knowledge and skill sets you need to be competent as a leader and cover four areas:

  1. Interpersonal skills
  2. Conceptual skills
  3. Technical skills
  4. Tactical skills

Your mastery of the knowledge and skills required for your role are essential to the success of your organization.

DO – Leaders act. They bring together everything they are, everything they believe, and everything they know how to do to provide purpose, direction, and motivation.  This involves the following three leader actions:

  1. Influencing
  2. Operating
  3. Improving

For me, it’s a great model of leadership.  You can either order an actual copy of The U.S. Army Leadership Field Manual or the book on the model, BE-KNOW-DO, Leadership The Army Way.

Hope you have a blessed day serving those the Lord has given you to shepherd at your place of work.


3 responses to Be-Know-Do, The Army’s Leadership Model


    ironically, I posted about the Army Leadership Manual at earlier this week (Monday, January 23). You might like it, and the links on the page go to the actual Field Manual online. BG, I invite you to help me with this discussion because you have lived ‘Army Strong.’



    We are literally on the same page on this, BG. I am currently reading the actual Field Manual FM 6-22 (formerly FM 22-100). I’d love to discuss with you this Field Manual, as you are a former Army Officer.