SSG Member-Meneh, Sylvanus
88M SLC Class #003-2013
What is Leadership? Leadership is the art of influencing and directing people in such a way that will win their obedience, confidence, respect and loyal cooperation in achieving common objectives. To become an effective Leader, there are certain traits and characteristics that must be present in an individual. No one is born a Leader; certain individuals are born with Leadership traits that must be honed, cultivated, shaped and improved with practice. Leadership is a critical management skill; an essential quality in a manager, it is how you get your team motivated and willing to follow your plan. An individual can serve as a Leader or several persons might share Leadership. Leaders play a vital role in standardizing performance and influence others to perform tasks beyond expectation. Leaders plan, organize, lead and control so that “leading” and “managing” are inseparable, they are both integral parts of each other. A Leaders failure to influence and inspire others to work willingly towards set objectives and goals will lead to ineffective planning and organizing which results in poor execution of essential mission tasks. Similarly, setting direction is usually not enough, no matter how inspiring one can be, management skills are crucial. Leaders will simultaneously fill many roles interacting, motivating group members, solving conflicts as they arise. Leaders set vision, strategies, goals, and values in order to guide for desired action and behavior. Leaders are characterized by certain traits which distinguish Leaders from non-Leaders includes drive, desire to lead, honesty, cognitive ability, self-confidence and knowledge. Effective Army Leaders must possess core competencies to include: knowledge (tactical and technical) and communication competence. A good Leader needs knowledge of issue(s) and the...
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