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UNCLASSIFIED "Fundamentals of Army Leadership" Classified by: Derived from: Multiple sources Declassify on: N/A The ADP 6-22 and discuss the fundamentals of Army leadership and the development of effective leadership. The Army created these manuals to educate and develop professional leaders, building teams who will always be ready to fight. It describes three core leadership competencies lead, develop, and achieve. It also defines three leadership attributes: character, presence, and intellect. The Army leadership requirement model sets the standard for being a leader in the Army. Effective leaders are vital to the accomplishment of any mission. The purpose of this essay will discuss the levels of leadership, effective leadership, and the results of effective leadership. UNCLASSIFIED
UNCLASSIFIED The Army has a leadership hierarchy; at the top sits DA civilians, then officers, and finally, non-commissioned officers. Each category of leadership plays a specific role in the operational competency of the Army. DA civilians are professionals hired to supply mission-essential stability and support to Soldiers. They set up the policy, manage programs, supply operating facilities and equipment to the Army worldwide. Officers serve all levels of leadership; their leadership is slip between direct and organizational leadership, serving from thousands to hundreds of thousands of Soldiers. Officers handle setting up policies, managing training, and supply plan for caring for Soldiers and families. Finally, non-commissioned offices are the backbone of the Army. They are subject to the vast amount of direct training in the Army, everything from setting the standard, training, educating, and developing Soldiers to be effective leaders. That is the leader that will be the future of the United States Army. "Leadership is the activity of influencing people by providing purpose, direction, and motivation to accomplish the mission and improve the organization" (ADP 6-22 1-74). A well-developed leader will set examples influencing a subordinate to take proper action in the absence of orders. A Soldier with a clear understanding of a mission's purpose will strive to achieve a goal no matter how challenging a task may be. Leaders need to articulate mission details, inspire Soldiers to be successful, and give purpose to the risks. By clarifying duties to subordinates, they will follow proper guidelines and take responsibility for mission completion. Soldiers motivated by their leaders to take the initiative will therefore make ethical choices when faced with indecision. Every decision a leader makes, small or large, has an impression on his subordinates. When others UNCLASSIFIED
UNCLASSIFIED see the needs are required to complete the desired objective, they will fall in line and get the job done to the best of their abilities. For a leader to be successful, they need to understand their strengths over the years and their weaknesses. Experience will teach a leader their most vital attributes and provide them with confidence earning them the respect of their subordinates."Effective leaders temper confidence with humility" (ADP 6-22 3-10). Being able to name personal leadership skills, they will approach a wider audience and successfully complete the mission. A leader cannot always be stern and demanding; their leadership skills must be flexible accordingly. Subordinates come from all levels of society, and a leader must deliver a clear message everyone would understand. At times Soldiers will informally take charge based on their unique skill or knowledge even though formal leadership is based on rank and experience. The Army will always need a variety of leaders, formal or informal all Soldiers play a specific part in accomplishing the mission. In conclusion, the fundamentals of Army leadership are to influence subordinates to take the initiative in the absence of orders. Motivating Soldiers to make sound decisions carry out the mission and provide direction while keeping with the Army values. The importance of effective leadership is to train subordinates to be the next generation of leaders. The Army needs to adapt to new situations at a flip of a dime in an ever-changing world. Subordinates need to be educated, trained, and allowed to show leadership skills, and the only way they will learn to be influential leaders is to lead by example. The Army has stood for over two centuries, and its future relies on the UNCLASSIFIED
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