Importance Of Knowledgeable Leadership

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The Importance of Knowledgeable Leadership SSI, NCOA SSG Courtney J. Reynolds 36B SLC 002-18 SFC James Johnson Abstract The Army defines leadership as the process of influencing people by providing purpose, direction, and motivation to accomplish the mission and improve the organization. The Army defines a leader as anyone who by assumed role or assigned responsibility inspires and influences people to accomplish organizational goals. Army leaders motivate people both inside and outside the chain of command to pursue actions, exercise diverse thinking, and shape decisions for the greater good of the organization (Headquarters Department of the Army, 2017) Alongside this statement the Army Regulation states “Professional and leader development…show more content…
As a leader we need to strive to learn about the opportunities that are available and specifically the ones that specific to our job field. I have found that in addition to going to your leadership development courses there is also an abundance of courses offered through University of South Carolina that the Soldiers can attend. There are a few credentialing opportunities that have been opened up for Finance Soldiers to enroll in. We should take advantage of these opportunities ourselves as leaders, so our Soldiers will follow the example set forth. Subordinate Soldiers will see that I have set the tempo and it is attainable. When a leader knows information such as this they can share it with their organization affording more Soldiers the opportunity to take advantage of this amazing training that not only catapults your military career but gives you college credits in the civilian sector as well. When a leader does not know this information, it is highly unlikely that the information will get pushed down to the lowest…show more content…
I heard a commencement speech during my SLC from the CSM of the 84th training command at the time. It was an on the spot speech since the original Sergeant Major couldn’t make it. He stated there was no was he would allow his Soldiers to outshine him. He said the only example he wanted his Soldiers to follow was going to be his. He said at the age of 58 he still strived to not only ma his Army Physical Fitness Test, but he wanted to meet the standard of the age category before him. This is an outstanding way to lead. By far the best speech I have heard to date still comes from a video I watched on YouTube. “If you want to change the world, start by making your bed. If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small since of pride and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another; and by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that the little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you will never be able to do the big things right, and if by chance you have a miserable day you will come home to a bed that is made, that you made, and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better” This comes from Admiral William McRaven. (McRaven,

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