Military leaders on leadership

Military leaders on leadership


Many people agree that to attain the pinnacle of leadership, a person must be humble. It seems obvious that someone who is arrogant ,self-important and condescending can never be a good leader. Neither can someone who does not want to lead-reluctant leaders are never good leaders.

Former Australian Army Chief Peter Cosgrove once said “ We want our leaders to be fair dinkum, as much among us as above us”

Sir Edward, Weary Dunlop developed his empathetic approach to leadership in the Japanese POW camps during World War 2. He identified 11 desirable aspects of leadership-

  1. Ability to communicate
  2. Courage
  3. Decisiveness
  4. Initiative
  5. Integrity
  6. Judgement
  7. Knowledge
  8. Loyalty
  9. Motivation
  10. Responsibility
  11. Selflessness

Dunlop said “The leaders is servant to all, able to show a disarming humility without the loss of authority”

From The Penguin Team Leaders Toolkit by K.Cole

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