Staff Skills

Interacting With Your Battalion Commander

By The Cove August 25, 2020


As newly appointed Staff, some officers can struggle to transition from a direct style of leadership inherent with Platoon and Company command to being able to support their commander.

According to author Scott Shaw, a Staff officer needs to understand how their commander thinks and the expectations they have of their key staff. As an experienced Staff Officer, Scott offers four simple methods that should lead to a good relationship with the Battalion Commander.

The key ‘take away’ from this article is that the relationship between yourself and the battalion commander is fundamental and needs to be characterised by clear communication with no ambiguity in understanding his/her intent.  



The Cove

The home of the Australian Profession of Arms.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.

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