As senior non-commissioned officers and officers, it is inevitable that we will find ourselves posted out of command appointments, and in to staff positions at some point in our careers. Less time spent training, focusing on people and equipment, and more time spent ‘driving a desk’ under a mountain of spreadsheets and power-point presentations.
It is at these times in our careers that it can be easy to forget we are still performing leadership functions. Opportunities to actively display traditionally held views of military leadership may not be as obvious as they are would be in a direct command position, so we need to find other ways to demonstrate it while performing staff roles.
This article by James King via The Military Leader discusses 12 practical lessons on leadership that are applicable regardless of the specific job you are doing. Read the article and send us your thoughts on displaying leadership in roles not commonly thought of as leadership positions.
- Do you think staff positions still need to be viewed as leadership positions?
- What are some of the practical ways you can demonstrate leadership whilst removed from the ‘coalface’?