DISCIPLINE is needed to successfully complete the assignments that are given by the Drill Sergeant and Cadre. DISCIPLINE can also be hard to have which makes it hard to be successful. What is the true definition of DISCIPLINE? According to Webster’s New Twentieth Century Dictionary Unabridged, DISCIPLINE is defined as “Subjection to rule; submissiveness to order and control; habit of obedience.” The definition states that DISCIPLINE is to follow direct orders and rules. DISCIPLINE plays a big role in the military.
However, leaders do not (and should not) act alone as they are an intregal part of the chain of command set in place. A structured leadership is needed to set and complete a mission as needed. Structure in the military also helps with organization and allows there to be delegation. Leaders must display correct decision making and as part of a chain of command, they are expected to delegate duties to their soldiers. Another way that Leaders and the structure must strive is to build Military Unit Cohesion which allows for Soldiers to form a group through morale, trust and an under...
When I try connecting the leadership materials from LIC modules to my past experience, the Ah-Ha moment can answer the question about how come a Special Forces unit which led by an unskilled and incompetence commander still could perform at its best. At that time, the commander has lack of skill and competencies; he showed this in his daily activities especially when he handled problems. Seems that when he encounter the challenges in the unit, his decision was visionless and he applied ... ... middle of paper ... ... the feedback will help me to see the improvement I have made including positive or negative action I have taken. Conclusion As a military officer, we need to continuously improve ours leadership align with the development of knowledge and technology so it will be effective. With this reflection on leadership has made me aware of my weaknesses and I am more prepare to improve my leadership skills so I can confident to take on my leadership tour.
In the profession of being an Army leader, it is known that you will be given the responsibility of receiving missions, making decisions, and accepting full ownership of the results achieved by your unit. Leaders practice the art of control and command, but it is when leaders find themselves beyond their sphere of control when the effectiveness and authenticity of their leadership is tested. Time and experience inevitably will mold us into the leaders we put the work into being, but it is often overlooked how much control we have in creating influential and effective leadership styles along the way. Leadership is consistently referred to as a process in the Army, and it is natural to experience failures, but necessary to react with resilience.
Doctrines, tactics, and strategies were built from current situations in order to achieve the operations. The human development is the field that train, educate and develop volunteers to be Soldiers and further develop Soldiers to be leaders. The objective of the moral-ethical field is to teach the Soldiers to morally fight the war by using ethical principles, ROEs, and education values. In the political-culture field, Soldiers are taught on the civil-military and media-military relations to understand how to deal with civilian and media. Soldiers also learn other languages and culture.
Take responsibility for your actions – The U.S. Army (1983) also states that leaders need to take responsibility for the mistakes that they will inevitability make; they should never put the blame on someone else. By investigating the situation, they can fix what went wrong and put it behind them. 5. Keep your coworkers informed – It is critical for leaders to maintain an open path of communication with their peers, subordinates, and upper management. Having the ability to communicate with people in different level in the organization is a strong leadership trait.
Giving direct orders is how the transaction of delegating is passed down from commissioned officers to non-commissioned officers to junior enlisted members. Delegating authority is not an easy task, but is still a necessary part of any good business. It is another way for a manager and/or supervisor to build confidence in his/her subordinates. Delegating responsibility in the military is a characteristic that every service member must sooner or later become familiar with. It is not something that you just learn over night.
Now for the Army, it becomes an obligation more than“willingness” while you have to be willing to do it as well. Those that are unable to be accountable are the ones that jeopardize the combat readiness of any unit. Basically it is the understanding that from the bottom up. Top down and laterally everyone is going to do and is willing to do the right thing even when no one else is looking. This is practiced at your home base where everyone is assigned tasks and details not only including your own job that you are expected to do and do right but hold others accountable as well as a system of “check yourself, then check your buddy.” Doing the job correctly and ensuring others do it as well and do it safely are all part of accountability in the military as one does not have to experience combat to understand that just being in the military is inherently dangerous given the types of equipment and weapons that are used to train and deploy with.
Just as the commander will learn to trust me, I in return will have to trust my commander. As a Command Sergeant Major (CSM) or Staff Sergeant Major (SGM), I realize that my Soldiers will not trust me right away, and I must gain their mutual trust through my daily interactions. By setting an example and living the Army Values, I will gain their mutual trust. My commander and I will plan team-building events often to maximize the opportunities to build the mutual trust within our organization with the staff and Soldiers. Understanding that team building requires an effort on everyone’s part but the chance to bridge any gaps tha... ... middle of paper ... ...d me with our staff and Soldiers we have been given the opportunity to lead.
This means that you, as their leader, need to be confident in your own judgements and decision-making. Responsibility – To be responsible is important when being a commander because as you progress up the ranks, for example, going from a team member to a team leader or from a private to a lance corporal, your responsibilities intensify. You must be able to have responsibility over your job otherwise it can represent yourself as untrustworthy and lazy as well as many other negative appearances. For example, if you delegate someone else to hold some of your responsibility, so a task of yours to complete, and they do not complete that task to the set standards, then you are responsible for how that person completed the task. If there is no responsibility in a commander then, that commander puts their team members in danger.