I have been in the military for six years, and throughout my short career I have seen many forms of leadership. I have now been directed to explain my interpretation of the concept of leadership and to include my opinion of the subject. I believe leadership comes in many forms; I also believe the attributes of leadership are endowed to some more than others. Not everyone is born with the skills of a leader; some leaders are created through a process called trial and error. For example throughout the earlier years of my career I did not see myself as a leader, but through the painful process of trial and error I have become one. Confidence was not an easily attained aspect of my personality, but once I grasped it being a leader became much easier. In no means do I consider myself to be an expert on this subject, but I ...view middle of the document...
Morale is seriously affected when a leader refuses to participate with his soldiers. A sense of resentment is created among the soldiers, which is devastating to a leaders base of power. I believe if a man is to be an effective leader he must be willing to roll up his sleeves and work side by side with his soldiers. Working alongside your men is the best way to show them you care. Shared hardship produces respect, and respect from you men is a necessity to being an effective leader. I myself remember thinking highly of the leaders that would actually come out and train with us. My theory is supported by the fact that the only officers that I have ever respected were prior enlisted. Prior enlisted officers know what it is like to be at the bottom of the food chain, and they keep this in mind when making command decisions. How can a leader make an informed command when he has no idea what is involved in the execution?
I believe the US military will be plagued with this form of leadership until it is specifically addressed. We canâ€™t expect to completely ride the military of poor leadership, but we can do things to improve our level of competence. More emphasis needs to be focused on what all is involved in the process of decision making and how the results of these decisions occur.
In conclusion I will state there are many styles of leadership, and each style has its own set of contributing attributes. Although these attributes vary just as the styles of leadership, there are a few that are necessary. Confidence, integrity, and modesty are a must for an individual to be a good leader. Leaders must be confident in himself and his men to make decisions. Integrity keeps the leader on a straight path that will keep him dedicated and free of distractions. Modesty will ground the leader, making it easy for him to allow input from his men. I believe these three aspects are key to a successful leadership. Good leadership is a necessity to a great military.