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Personal Courage And Resilience And Effective Leadership In The Army

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.…show more content…
Often times there is no correct answer and a direct action is necessary to facilitate movement toward the objective. In these situations, maintaining confidence with clear and fluid communication will create more advantageous results. It is difficult to determine if making the decision with associated with impending risk will be pivotal in gaining ground and achieving the mission, or if the threat is too great to risk. As a leader and a nurse, I anticipate that I will be faced with many situations that require decision-making not outlined in all the education and resources I’ve come across. This is where personal courage and intuition are utilized in decision-making. ADP 6-22, Army Leadership states; “It takes personal courage to take the initiative to make something happen rather than standing by or withdrawing and hoping events will turn out well.” Executing a mission with appropriate justification for a leader’s decision-making may not always yield the intended results, but it is important to accept these failures with the intentions of using them as a training model for future…show more content…
Leaders have the emotional intellect to provide guidance to soldiers when they are struggling with personal issues. Implementing actions that show empathy and incorporate interpersonal tact will allow soldiers to trust in you as a leader. A great leader will go beyond the chain of command to develop soldiers, and strive to influence those around them, regardless of rank. Being approachable and accessible as a leader will foster the relationship you have with your soldiers. Accessibility of a leader is integral because it acts as an early detection system: it allows you to work to alleviate problems the soldiers bring to you before they escalate. Leaders have the ability to empower their people by believing holistically in their capabilities. Leadership that shows commitment to soldiers, investment in their personal development, devotion to creating opportunities to advance their career, and the sincere belief that they will meet the expectations you have for them will create a force that unites to support the leader in their decision

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