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MILITARY LEADERSHIP
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Professional Development

The head of each branch of the military, such as the Commandant of the Marine Corps and the Chief of Naval Operations realize that leaders are developed; and, that developing leadership skills involves a life-long commitment to a personal course of study
 
The Navigation Links above, or the drop down menu below,  take you directly to the professional development reading lists as recommended by each head of the armed services. The lion's share of these books are the biographies of the leaders who came before us.

 

Morale: Whose Job is in Anyways?
 
 Karl Von Clausewitz, a Prussian military general and military theorist, identified morale as a fundamental military principle.  Since Clausewitz published On War morale has developed into a concept seen as critical to organizations, including law enforcement.  Unfortunately, morale is difficult to define and in many circles has become somewhat synonymous with motivation.  In this article we will look at a very different definition of morale, its potential effects and how the first line supervisor can affect it.
 
The Beatings will continue until morale improves
 
Often times, people consider morale the same as motivation.  But,morale is not about motivation.  If it were, negative discipline could improve morale. There are times negative discipline is used to improve performance.  Negative consequences can be a powerful tool in shaping behavior.  So, if morale were about behavior or performance, negative discipline might be a tool for improving morale.
 

The Use of Power 
Its your first day in your assignment.  Perhaps you are a newly appointed leader, or you have been transferred into a new assignment.  How do you establish leadership?  How do you get things moving in the right direction?  You have the positional authority, the stripes or bars or whatever symbol of leadership. The position is only one type of leadership power and for the most part the weakest. 
            As you study your craft, leadership, you will find that there are several types of leader power.  Many people have a difficult time with the word power; It can carry negative connotations.  Recall our first article and think of our definition of leadership The art of influencing human behavior toward organizational goals.  In the leader realm, power is the amount and type of influence the leader possesses.  First, lets define four of the power bases you can work from as a new leader and then we will explore how to combine them into a plan to jump start your leadership