Cover vs. Concealment

9 11 2015

“The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.” ~Aesop

In the military, the difference between cover and concealment is subtle, unless you’re being shot at.  Concealment means being hidden from view, as in hiding behind a bush.  Cover means being behind something that stops bullets.  Often, you can be concealed, but not covered.  More rarely, you can be covered, but not concealed (i.e.  they can see you there, but can’t hit you there).  Both have their place, but wise soldiers choose carefully.

What does this have to do with leadership?  Well, if you know you’re going to be shot at (either by bullets, or someone shooting down your ideas), it’s a lot better to be prepared for it, and be ready to defend your position.  So choose your position carefully, and anticipate a little push-back, and you’ll be in a better place to recover from it.  If you don’t know that push back is coming, you’re not going to be able to recover as quickly.

Speaking of upright…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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