The Importance Of Military Leadership

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Leadership is a universal ability that every individual administers effectively or non-effective and it’s based on personal experience, environment, society and influences. Military personnel generally have a martial approach in leadership. My daughter has recently joined the military. I have noticed that due to her short time in the military it has refined her ability to be more structured and a punctual individual. Dean Smith, North Carolina former head basketball coach was interviewed and stated (in reference to leading a basketball team) “You don’t recruit the best player and adjust them to your philosophy, but you recruit the best player and change your philosophy to accommodate the best players”. Dean Smith also chronicled ten (10) leadership …show more content…
“When we use the word manager, we mean a person who has a formal title and authority. When we use the term leader, we mean a person who may be either a manager or a non-manager. A leader always has the ability to influence others; a manager may not” (Lussier, p. 7). Managers are at their best when things are redundant, whereas leaders are more apt to respond to difficult/different situations. Leaders don’t look to advance themselves, but to help with the advancement of the team. Managers’ vision becomes tunneled and very systematic. The true measure of a leader is the natural ability to influence people, but a true measure of a manager is to gratify him/herself. One characteristic that both manager and leader have in common is that they will go beyond the call of duty. In contrast, to accomplish a task good leaders know who they are externally and have high moral values, but managers tend to be defined by their job and title. According to John Maxwell, good leaders must possess key qualities. Some of those qualities are integrity, problem solving, servanthood, confidence, and self-discipline. Although these are some great qualities, they must be tested, tried, and put into practice. According to an article from Forbes, customarily the design and culture of management was structured on leading by fear through command and control. In today’s society managers are being …show more content…
Moses, a spiritual leader who spent forty years in Egypt, was a Hebrew who learned the ways of an Egyptian. One day he became angry with an Egyptian taskmaster, and killed him. Moses spent the next forty years in the wilderness. During that time, Moses met his wife and built a relationship with his father-in-law, Jethro. Moses ended up going back to Egypt and through divine intervention; he ended up freeing the Israelites from slavery and bondage. In Exodus 18, Jethro came to visit Moses in the wilderness. Jethro noticed that Moses occupied a large portion of his time hearing and settling disputes amongst the people. Jethro made an observation and then questioned Moses by asking him why are you settling these disputes alone while everyone stands around from morning to evening, occupying a large part of your day. Jethro exclaimed to Moses that you are going to wear yourself out, and that this job is too heavy a burden to carry by yourself. So, Jethro instructed Moses set up a committee and instruct the people on how to make godly choices. The people will help you carry the load and make the task easier for you. Moses was still in charge of handling major disputes, but the leaders took care of small matters themselves. There are pros and cons in participative leadership but if mastered, it can become a very valuable leadership

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