The Importance Of Effective Leadership

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Major Anthony S. Miller 24 July 2015
Which imperative is the most important and Why? Give an example of something that the Army could do to enhance capabilities in that domain.
Developing leaders to meet the challenges of the 21st century is clearly the most important imperative for the U.S. Army. History is flush with examples of leadership defeating superior technology or causing the defeat to technologically inferior forces: Battle of Little Big Horn,[footnoteRef:1] Gallipoli,[footnoteRef:2] Tafileh,[footnoteRef:3] Dien Bien Phu,[footnoteRef:4] and so on. Effective leadership is a like a tide that lifts all boats. Improvements in leadership directly translate to improvements in most every other metric of success. It only makes logical
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Close to three years since the ASPG guidance on RAF was released and four years since the concept was first experimented with, the concept still remains vague, ?as long as the RAF concept remains vague...most Army personnel will opt to give it its lowest-common-denominator meaning.?[footnoteRef:25] The additional RAF training expense further impedes progress, ?dwindling resources have already prevented most newly assigned RAF units from going through their full planned training cycle.?[footnoteRef:26] [25: Rosa Brooks, ?Portrait of the Army as a Work in Progress,? Foreign Policy Magazine, May 08, 2015, accessed July 31, 2015, http://foreignpolicy.com/2014/05/08/portrait-of-the-army-as-a-work-in-progress/] [26: IBID.]

Concepts to develop leaders to meet the challenges of the 21st century have occurred at an even slower pace. These tasks are described as near term in the ASPG:[footnoteRef:27] [27: US Department of the Army, Army Strategic Planning Guidance 2013; reprinted in US Army Command and General Staff College, F100 Book of Readings (Fort Leaven Worth, KS: USACGSC), 13.]

Train, educate and provide leaders with
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As a commander, you do not have direct control over contractors[footnoteRef:31]. Effective control of contractors begins when the Army first articulates its needs to the service provider. Often requirements are not correctly or consistently expressed to the contracted company. If uncorrected, these errors will translate to poorly written statements of work. Additionally, Contracting Officer Representatives must be fully trained in their duties and capable of managing conflicts, performance and changes in the mission. [31: US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joint Publication 4-10, Operational Contract Support. (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, July 2014), I-10 -

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