Similarly, leaders have their own unique skills and specializations.
I recommend that everyone read the entire articlebut here are some points to consider. This was not correct. They were purely utilitarian.
Ridgway Photograph Collection Photo Credit: Ridgway frames his article around these three basic elements. Character is clearly necessary, but not sufficient. With [character], the full worth of an individual can be developed.
Without it — particularly in the military profession — failure in peace, disaster in war, or, at best, mediocrity in both will result. What he is also saying is that you cannot become all you are meant to be without character.
It is decisive and elemental. Self-Discipline and Sacrifice General Ridgway expounds on these topics, emphasizing that those leaders who share hardship will be able to exact the most from their men.
Forgive the long quote, but I think it is worth noting: Only those who have disciplined themselves can exact disciplined performance from others.
When the chips are down, when privation mounts and the casualty rate rises, when the crisis is at hand, which commander, I ask, receives the better response?
Is it the one who has failed to share the rough going with his troops, who is rarely seen in throne of aimed fire, and who expects much and gives little?
Or is it the one whose every thought is for the welfare of his men, consistent with the accomplishment of his mission; who does not ask them to do what he has not already done and stands ready to do again when necessary; who with his men has shared short rations, the physical discomforts and rigors of campaign, and will be found at the crises of action where the issues are to be decided.
Shall I take the responsibility of discarding the original mission? Shall I take the initiative and strive for success along different lines? He will have to put those questions to his conscience.
What does this mean in the modern world? On battlefield presence, Ridgway writes: As commander of a division or smaller unit, there will rarely be more than one crisis, one really critical situation facing you at any one time.
He should be there before the crisis erupts, if possible. If it is not possible, then he should get there as soon as he can after it develops. One there, then by personal observation of terrain, enemy fires, reactions, and attitudes of his own commanders on the spot — by his eyes, ears, brain, nose, and his sixth sense — he gets the best possible picture what is happening and can best exercise his troop leadership and the full authority if his command.
He can start help of every kind to his hard-pressed subordinates. He can urge higher commanders to provide additional fire support, artillery, air, other infantry weapons, and, in the future, perhaps, nuclear strikes.
And remember this, since no one can predict today when you may be thrown into combat, perhaps within hours after deplaning in an overseas theater — as happened to thousands in Korea, and as I have no doubt to many in Vietnam — you will have no time to get in shape.
You must be in shape all the time. Questions for Leaders Does your leadership style accurately represent your Character, Courage, and Competence?
How could you better share the hardship that your team endures?A leader must surround themselves with people who will tell them the ugly truth without fear, and the leader must reward their candor (and never punish it).
A leader must collect and share stories of people doing things right, living the purpose, and living the values. Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Nurse Leader? 6 Must-Have Leadership Skills in Nursing A program like Goodwin College’s Master’s in Nursing is the right springboard for many nurses looking to land a leadership position in the field.
To conclusion, an effective leader must have character, competence, compassion, and courage. These characteristics are the components of ones personality that gives them the capability to successfully lead a group of people in the right direction. They believe that courage is a ‘thing’ that we either have or do not have.
However, it is possible to build courage with practice. To be an effective leader, it must be built – also embraced. TRY Courage: The courage of initiative and action— making first attempts, pursuing pioneering efforts and stepping up to the plate. TRUST Courage: The courage of confidence in others— letting go of the need to control situations or outcomes, having faith in people and being open to direction and change.
A leader must be able to transform his vision to a more inclusive position by gaining the trust and commitment of those needed to fulfill possess the courage of conviction, and have an innate integrity.
What can be expected of others is nothing less than what can be expected of.