Identifying And Combat Toxic Leadership Styles

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Introduction The Army’s leadership concept hinges upon its leaders being able to develop and maintain trust with their seniors, peers and subordinates. In the realm of the Non-commissioned officer, the need for trust cannot be overstated. When NCOs are able to create an atmosphere of trust they are endowed with freedom from their seniors to accomplish their missions, respect from peers enabling cross-unit relationships, and a willingness from subordinates to follow no matter what the mission. In order for NCOs to achieve this kind of freedom to lead, they must first understand the need for trust. After that, NCOs must know how to build trust. Finally, NCOs must know how to identify and combat toxic leadership styles. The Need for Trust When a person joins the Army, and they begin their Basic Training, they are placed in a situation in which they must, by default, place their trust in their Drill Sergeant, First Sergeant, and Commander. Trainees trust that they will be equipped with basic skills that will allow them to become a defender of United States of America. If all goes well, the Soldier progresses through their Initial Entry Training and finally arrives at their first duty station where they continue to place their default trust in their leadership. It is at this point that the new leader of this Soldier must begin to show that trust is more than just blind faith in an individual’s ability to train. It is at the Soldier’s first duty station where they learn

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