Military Leadership Essay

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MILITARY LEADERS : HOW CAN THEY CONTRIBUTE TO DEVELOPE COUNTRY INTRODUCTION “During an operation decisions have usually to be made at once; there may be no time to review the situation or even to think it through . . . . If the mind is to emerge unscathed f orm this relentless struggle with the unf oreseen, two qualities are indispensable: f irst, an intellect that, even in the darkest hour, retains some glimmerings of the inner light which leads to truth; and second, the courage to f ollow this f aint light wherever it may lead.” - Carl Von Clausewitz 1. Leadership is the life blood of a military officer’s. Although, it has been variuosly defined, general accepted view is that leadership in the military is the ability to inspire and direct a group of people to achieve goals. While going through the leadership traits, it might appear impossible to have a perf ect military leader. Human nature by design is f lawed. So, it will be futile to look f or perf ection. If we study the lif e and works of great military leaders we f ind that each had his strong points and his weaknesses. What distinguished them f rom common mortals is their ability to appreciate their strong and weak areas. They then capitalized on their strength and shunned their weaknesses. Through training, practice and a positive attitude to improve oneself. AIM 2. The aim of this study is to discuss the role and contribution of military leaders generally towards the development for the country. What makes a country developed are variously defined, however this paper will discuss particularly in term of social development. SCOPE OF STUDY 3. Scope of study for this paper are: a. Background. b. Leadership Values to Society. c. Six Personality Traits of a Mil... ... middle of paper ... ...aries, strong civil-military relations are a prerequisite, with a professionalized armed forces and a civilian leader who respects the military and does not abuse his or her authority by using the military for inappropriate means. 17. Certainly leaders of countries with a history of political involvement of the military will rightfully be wary to utilize the military for anything other than war-fighting. However, with many developing countries still struggling with basic service and infrastructure provision, among a host of other development problems, leaders cannot ignore the vast potential contributions an organization like the military can make. If civil-military relations are properly controlled, militaries can be a domestic source of capital that can catalyze socioeconomic development. AHMAD AKMAL BIN AHMAD SALIM Kapt KAPJ/33/14 Bibliography: Distribution:

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