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Military Leadership
Ultimately, military leadership must deal with fighting an opposing force, anddo this through generation and application of combat power. This is theobject that drives military leaders, and it results in a condition of battlesignified by both casualties and fear in a lethal environment. There are many other military objects, of course. Their range can seemdaunting, particularly now in the so-called "new era." Militaries have toreckon with roles and missions that often appear far removed from thebattlefield. Nevertheless, the cornerstone of military existence remains as italways has: the preservation of national existence and protection of vitalinterests, and to preserve or achieve this security through war, if necessary,as directed by national, political leaders.
Leadership Traits
 Traits are distinguishing qualities or characteristics of a person, whilecharacter is the sum total of these traits. There are hundreds of personalitytraits, far too many to be discussed here. Instead, we will focus on a few thatare crucial for a leader. The more of these you display as a leader, the moreyour followers will believe and trust in you.Honest - Display sincerity, integrity, and candor in all your actions. Deceptivebehavior will not inspire trust.Competent - Base your actions on reason and moral principles. Do not makedecisions based on childlike emotional desires or feelings.Forward-looking - Set goals and have a vision of the future. The vision mustbe owned throughout the organization. Effective leaders envision what theywant and how to get it. They habitually pick priorities stemming from theirbasic values.Inspiring - Display confidence in all that you do. By showing endurance inmental, physical, and spiritual stamina, you will inspire others to reach fornew heights. Take charge when necessary.Intelligent - Read, study, and seek challenging assignments.Fair-minded - Show fair treatment to all people. Prejudice is the enemy of  justice. Display empathy by being sensitive to the feelings, values, interests,and well-being of others.Broad-minded - Seek out diversity.Courageous - Have the perseverance to accomplish a goal, regardless of theseemingly insurmountable obstacles. Display a confident calmness whenunder stress.Straightforward - Use sound judgment to make a good decisions at the righttime.Imaginative - Make timely and appropriate changes in your thinking, plans,and methods. Show creativity by thinking of new and better goals, ideas, andsolutions to problems. Be innovative!
Leadership Principles
 They are general rules which have guided the actions and conduct of successful leaders in the past-Be tactically and technically proficient-Know yourself and seek self-improvement-Know your soldiers and look out for their welfare-Keep your soldiers informed-Set the example-Ensure the task is understood, supervised and accomplished-Train your soldiers as a team-Make sound and timely decisions-Develop a sense of responsibility in your subordinates-Employ your unit in accordance with its capabilities-Seek responsibility and take responsibility for your actions
Personal Supervision
Command is the authority a person in the military service lawfully exercisesover subordinates by virtue of his rank and assignment or position.danger of too little supervision- It can lead to miscommunications, lack of coordination, disorganization or the perception by subordinates that theleader does not care.danger of too much supervision- It stifles the initiative, breeds resentment,and lowers morale and motivation.
Actions that good leaders avoid are: Violation of dignity to individuals, masspunishment or ridicule of the troops, hurry-up and wait formations and similardrills that waste time, resting before his men, shirking the responsibility of checking his men's position, blaming the next higher in command for a roughand unsuccessful mission, blaming subordinates for a squad's failure insatisfactorily completing a specific mission, eating before his men have
eaten, favoritism and moral weakness. A good leader must have a thoroughknowledge of command essentials. The command essentials are: Commandpolicies, authority, responsibility, chain of command and other channels,military rank, military discipline and conduct, and the enlisted aspects of command.A leader must BE:-A person of strong and honorable character-Committed to the professional Military ethic-An example of individual values-Able to resolve complex ethical dilemmasA leader must KNOW:-The four factors of leadership and how they affect each other-Standards-Him/Herself -Human nature-His/Her job-His/Her unitA leader must DO:-Provide direction-Provide purpose-Provide motivationA leader provides direction by:-Knowing and maintaining standards-Setting goals-Planning

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