Military Leadership

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Everyform of leadership has rules, standards, and characteristics. In thearmy, various features define and legitimize the profession. Inmilitary leadership, characteristics such as trust, stewardship,honorable service, esprit de corps, and military expertise areessential. There exists a strong relationship between a leader andfollowers in the forces. It is appropriate for the commanders toidentify the right approaches to improve their relations with thesubjects. Commanding followership is not easy especially when one hasto take risks (Pressfield, 2011). Leaders need to motivate thefollowers to improve the attainment of positive outcomes.

Governmentand citizens trust that the officers will undertake their dutiesefficiently in guarding against external security threats. Still, thepublic expects that the army will not pose threats to them. Suchconfidence and faith are essential in enhancing the safety of thecitizens and the country at large. It is, thus, appropriate forcommanders in the military to create confidence with the juniors toenhance accomplishment of duties. Within the army circles, internaltrust among the officers helps in reinforcing the respect and commandstructure. Both the senior and private officers must trust oneanother to reduce conflicts and adverse outcomes in their duties.Trust makes the armed forces earn respect and confidence from thecivilians and junior officers (Pressfield, 2011).

Stewardshipin the military commits the officers to observe the forces’guidelines now and in the future. It is notable that the army takesevery assignment with similar resilience and diligence. Further,martial headships ought to manage their resources ethically andefficiently to enhance the realization of their goals. Stewardshipdemands the officers to understand the requirements of every jobassignment. The army generates expertise when necessary to maintainmilitary experience. The move serves to equip all units with thenecessary skills, knowledge, and resources (Walker, Horn, &ampCanadian Defence Academy, 2008).

Throughouttheir duties, the military officers construct approaches that enhancesuccess. As such, the officers dedicate their skills and knowledgetowards accomplishing their assignments successfully. They also havea shared sense of purpose that depicts loyalty to the call of duty.Whether fighting an enemy, making peace or engaging in disastersituations, the officers always show the winning spirit (Pressfield,2011). The feature is important for the leaders to offer hope totheir fellow citizens and junior officers. The soldiers prepare togenerate distinct solutions from previous skills coupled with anunderstanding of the needs of the armed forces to win in theirmissions. The culture within the army that winning battles oraccomplishing the assignments successfully is essential to retaintheir image to the citizens. Further, the military creates cohesiveand confident units aimed at attaining success in their missions(Taylor, Rosenbach, &amp Rosenbach, 2009).

Often,leaders are made through training and guidance from an experiencedperson. Even with proper training, people fail to meet their personalor organizational goals. As such, one realizes that an individual’snatural abilities contributed significantly towards developing his orher leadership competencies. Bravery is an important attribute forthe soldiers due to the challenges of battles and nature of work.Leaders are risk-takers and problem solvers. One can take up anopportunity to enhance his/her welfare, and that of the followers.Military leaders need to ensure that their members are ready forassignments through the provision of necessary resources (Pressfield,2011). Further, leaders do not shy away from setbacks and challenges.Instead, they try until they realize their goals. Military headshipis not different from the conventional forms of management, only thatit a profession that requires exhibit bravery.


Pressfield,S. (2011). Thewarrior ethos.New York: Black Irish Entertainment LLC.

Taylor,R., Rosenbach, W., &amp Rosenbach, E. (2009). Militaryleadership: In pursuit of excellence.Boulder, Colo: Westview Press.

Walker,R. W., Horn, B., &amp Canadian Defence Academy. (2008). Themilitary leadership handbook.Kingston, Ont: Canadian Defence Academy Press.

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