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Posted on Fri, Mar 19, 2010 08:47

I question myself, "what is leadership?" In the many years I have been a Non Commissioned Officer I have learned that Leaders are Teachers. No matter what the activity, family, school, church, or the United States Army- Leaders are always teachers. The terms are not, in my judgment, interchangeable; not all teachers are leaders but all LEADERS are TEACHERS. The main leadership principle; know yourself and seek self-improvement. In leadership, each and every soldier must know, understand, and apply all Army Values in every aspect of their lives. I have always known what the Army Values were but never truly knew the meaning of each value until I researched. Army Values The United States Armed Forces must have leaders in order to run a more efficient Army. As stated in many different manuals and documents of the Army, the acronym LDRSHIP describes the values that the Army instills. Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. I will go through each to let you know what they are and what they mean to me. I will post each Value individually for viewing. Keep watching for the rest. Loyalty Soldiers have an obligation to be faithful to the Army, the institution, and its people as well as the unit. Loyalty is a two-way street; you should not expect loyalty without being prepared to give it in return. Leaders can neither demand loyalty nor win it from their subordinates by talking about it. The loyalty of our troops is a gift they give you when, only you deserve it. After you have trained them well, treated them fairly, and lived by the concepts you are instilling in them will they be loyal to their leaders. Leaders who are loyal to their troops never let them be misused. Soldiers fight for each other, loyalty is a commitment. Some leaders will come across the most important way of earning loyalty; leading your soldiers well in combat. There's no loyalty greater than that of soldiers who trust their leader to take them through the dangers of combat. I do my best in every concept of speaking and acting to lead my Soldiers successfully through each mission assigned. Loyalty is the faithful adherence to a person, unit, or Army. It is the thread that binds our actions together and causes us to support each other, our superiors, our family, and our country. Supporting a superior or a program even though it is being openly criticized by peers or subordinates requires courage and loyalty. A loyal intermediate would try to explain the rationale behind the decision and support the decision maker. When we establish loyalty to the Soldiers, the unit, our superiors, our family, and the Army we must be sure the "correct ordering" of our obligations are being accomplished and not the easiest. There is no clear rule to which one comes first. Sometimes it will be the service, sometimes my family and sometimes the soldiers. Open disapproval and being disloyal to your comrades, whether superior or lower enlisted, destroys the foundation of the organization and results in diminished mission accomplishment. However, loyalty should not be confused with blind obedience to illegal orders either. We all take the oath to obey the orders of superiors appointed over us "according to law and regulations".


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czechmate2
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Posted on Sun, Mar 21, 2010 16:19

yach so much for loyalty, desrespect everywere you look and superior leaders with poodle nuts without traditional values


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