Leadership Within The Armed Services

1030 Words Dec 15th, 2014 5 Pages
Leadership has always been a topic of social interest and one that many have found difficult to define. Throughout history there have been various forms of leaders, each with vastly different styles and purpose. In short, leadership is a series of interactions between leaders and followers in the attainment of a greater goal. Dating back to the earliest records, military success has always been attributed to exceptional leadership (1). The better led force is almost always victorious over a less adequately led one; for this reason leadership has been has always been maintained as a forefront in all branches of the military. In the U.S. Army, “leadership is defined as the ability to influence others by providing purpose, direction, and motivation while operating to accomplish the mission and improving the organization.” Leadership within the armed services is present at all levels including direct, organizational, and strategic. Leaders carry tremendous responsibility as their decisions and actions often result in profound consequences to soldiers, their families, the enemy, and non-combatants. An analysis of modern-day military leaders reveals core leadership attributes of character, presence, and intellect, as well as organizational and mission focused competencies of leading, developing, and achieving. Attributes and competencies such as these help to define and guide expectation for a leader and suggest that leaders are not only born, but can be made.
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