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It’s Official: Frank Zachar is an Asshole

February 28, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Image_14725204.jpgIn a previous post about the relief of COL Frank Zachar, I posited that the reason for his relief may have been that Zachar was a toxic leader.

I hate to say I told you so, but….I told you so.

A follow up story by the Stars and Stripes indicates that a report on Zachar’s relief, authored by BG Jimmie Jay Wells, says that Zachar’s command climate was, ““at best ineffective” and “at worst toxic.”

Other excerpts from the report:

  • Frank Zachar had a “negative leadership style,”
  • One subordinate described Zachar’s leadership style as “… leadership by intimidation” while another said it was, “… very negative, caustic, vindictive and disingenuous.”
  • Some described Zachar as “paranoid, manipulative, disingenuous, caustic, abrasive and threatening.”
  • BG Wells determined Zachar’s leadership demonstrated “… arrogance, deception and threatening behavior … [and did] not foster a positive command climate.”

Of course, Zachar denies everything.  According to the article, Zachar submitted a sworn statement in which he described himself as, “… a deliberate, passionate leader who looks for and believes that a respectful climate is necessary, asks for pushback and feedback … not a yeller.”

Apparently, Zachar doesn’t realize that he is what we normal people refer to as an “asshole.”  Perhaps he should read more.  The No Asshole Rule by Dr. Robert Sutton contains a convenient and easy to use asshole test which might of helped Zachar discover his asshole tendencies long before thousands of Soldiers had to suffer under his various commands.

The good news is that it appears at least some leaders in the Army are taking toxic leadership seriously.  The bad news is that the Army’s promotion system produced Zachar, and probably many more like him.

The question now is whether the Army will do anything about what appears to be a large asshole problem…

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  1. March 8, 2012 at 10:43 am

    I left Germany under his command two days after he had gotten relieved of duty. This is very interesting to me because of all the strange things that kept happening to me personally and I kept up with every mistake and did something about it and let everyone see what was going on in 172nd.

  2. August 16, 2013 at 8:58 pm

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  3. August 16, 2013 at 8:58 pm

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  4. Anonymous
    July 2, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Hi, I think it’s awesome how they were able to rid some toxic leaders! I would really really like to know HOW. We have verrrrrry toxic leaders in Vicenza. Straight up assholes who have a negative way of leading and put fear into soldiers. After 10 years my husband is getting out after completing this duty station. His words exactly were “I’ve never seen a unit try so hard to diminish morale”. We got treated horrible here, worst experience ever. We were also left homeless while I was with child! We are leaving soon but I don’t want to see anyone suffer from their command anymore or see anyone go through what we had to. Please help!

  5. Anonymous
    September 11, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Look into his time @ 2/16 inf

  6. Anonymous
    February 23, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Too bad it took almost 20 years for him to get relieved. I wonder if he even remembers PFC Evans or PFC Wilford that died under his command and toxic leadership on March 2, 1995.

  7. zzz
    December 30, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    I was a company commander during a JRTC Rotation in 2005 who was assigned to provide the 1-16 IN with Engineer support when he was their Battalion Commander. There were issues from DAY 1 that I met with him that reflect everything that was finally found to be valid about him several years later. He was very manipulative, out of touch, inconsistent with his intent, and seemed to only expect to hear what he wanted to hear, regardless of how far it deviated from the mission. I noticed how his own commanders and his Staff seemed to be somewhat anxious about anything he said and were almost hesitant to try and help me understand how I could help him, since he was so indecisive and impulsive, I eventually went for broke and had a Nose to forehead (I am taller than the little napolean), screaming match with him over after I realized that he was only trying to manipulate/intimidate me and had actually no idea of what he wanted; and he didn’t bother me once after that. He attempted to make some passive aggressive moves with my team, but that was easy to deal with once I confronted that “wanna-be” bully whom I knew would eventually have his career end like it did. Additionally, at the time, he was using his SGM to passively manipulate operations within my company after our confrontation; I took the same stance with him and that ended. Both of them were toxic leaders whom were finally stopped by leaders with courage, values and that could see that he was just a harmless and insecure NON leader.

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