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Why is it important for a command team (e.g., battalion commander and his/her spouse, command sergeant major and his/her spouse, etc.) to develop a personal philosophy for command and leadership?

One of the activities included in the Command Team Seminar, offered to incoming battalion and brigade level commanders, command sergeant majors and their spouses, is to develop a personal philosophy for the command team. This philosophy should include the couple’s personal goals and values, as well as some of the expectations they have of one another and of their future assignment. Battalion and brigade level commands can be very stressful, but are often thought of as highpoints in a professional Soldier’s career. It is easy for the Soldier to become consumed with his/her new position. Developing a command team philosophy helps the couple outline a plan for having balance in their life. It is important for both individuals to maintain a balance of family life and work. It is also a time for the spouse to express his/her desires in terms of unit involvement and determine his/her philosophy for the role of an informal leader within the unit. Although this is an exercise done at the pre-command course for future battalion and brigade level commanders and command sergeant majors, it is something any leader can do with his/her spouse. Maintaining a balance in one’s personal and professional life is important to both the individual’s welfare and the organization.

Why is it important for a leader to be flexible?

There are a number of reasons why a leader should be somewhat flexible. For example, in order for an organization to grow, its leaders must be open to change. Change often requires individuals to modify their behaviors, particularly when the change involves new technology. Therefore people, and leaders in particular, must be open to change and flexible enough to embrace the modifications. Additionally, leaders should remain vigilant for unexpected opportunities for the organization that may arise and exercise the flexibility needed to respond quickly in order to take advantage of them.

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