The Mission Requires Training and Education but Most of All, Leadership

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Leadership, as promulgate by the commanding officer, sets command climate, institutes the training and education program through which an organization prepares itself to accomplish the mission, and individuals in the organization executing the day to day jobs based upon the training and education required of their area of expertise. Any combat unit should encourage maximum physical fitness, but that conditioning must consist of a focus on balancing moral and ethical behavior throughout all phases of training including combat. Therefore, command climate, specifically one embracing moral and ethical behavior, begins with the leadership, the message it delivers, and the convictions by which it abides. A number of positive attributes are …show more content…

The verbal and nonverbal cues of Steele further support the idea that leadership is the foundation for an ethical command climate. The individual is one of three essential elements in building an ethical leader. In turn the type of leadership an individual brings to bear on an organization depends totally upon the morals and character of that person. Leadership establishes the standard upon which a commanding officer establishes the sort of organization he or she will lead. In assuming command of the Rakkasans, it is imperative to assess the state of the command for deciding what changes should be implemented. Following with Kotters’ eight steps for change, the Rakkasans must have an environment for change to instill an ethical command climate. As a combat unit, the Rakkasans will maintain a combat mentality yet employ an emphasis on acting ethically. In order to affect change, it is necessary to assemble subordinate leaders to provide them with clear, succinct command guidance detailing expectations of the leadership, junior and senior alike, up and down the chain of command. Responsibility of a commander is infinite and must constantly evaluate the climate of the command to ensure the urgency is present, the team is composed of the right personnel, and communicating the right vision. As previously mentioned, in communicating the correct vision for the Rakkasans guidance must outline the expectations leadership requires of unit personnel.

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