is the art of influencing human behaviour
order to accomplish a task in the manner desired by the leader."
the information and examples in the following material relate specifically
to cadets, the theories discussed can also be applied to other leadership
roles that you might encounter in your life at St. Andrew's College such
as a team captain, house captain, play producer or prefect. As you read
through these three lessons, try to think of how these other kinds of situations
As a battalion, platoon
or section commander or senior NCO, you expect the cadets in you charge
to act as responsible followers, as taught in the
Star Course. They must obey all regulations, maintain good personal
habits, admit their mistakes, cooperate with others, accept constructive
criticism and learn from experience. All this is well and good, but did
you know that these very same cadets have expectations of you, the leader?
In this lesson, we will look at a selection of 12 expectations that you
cadets will probably have of you. This list is not complete however, as
you will probably discover on your own over the next few years.
And there we have it, 12
expectations that your followers have of you. Remember that this is not
an exhaustive list and that there are other possible expectations. Cadets
will respond to your requests and be more motivated to do their work if
you can keep these expectations in mind.
The first expectation is
a desire to see you
demonstrate good leadership at all times
by example. Leadership depends, in part, on personality and
temperament, but there are some general rules that al leaders must obey
in order to be considered leaders. For example, a good leader will always
share the hardships with his cadets and look after their welfare first.
The second expectation is
that all your followers need to know what is expected
of them. They need to know what standard of dress to meet, when
a given task must be completed and how often they can be expected t have
a break. These are just three examples of how a leader can provide guidance.
When cadets understand what the rules and standards are they can better
focus their attention and efforts.
Another expectation is that
followers want to be recognized for their good performance.
There is nothing better for self-esteem and confidence than to have worked
hard at completing a task and to be congratulated for it. If the cadets
in your section or platoon or company do a good job - tell them so!
The next expectation is closely
related to the preceding one. Cadets not only expect recognition, they
also hope to be rewarded and promoted. After
all, followers don't expect to be followers forever. Explain the minimum
qualifications required for promotion to each of your cadets and that the
rank structure rewards demonstrated leadership. Followers need to know
that they too can be promoted.
Those of you who have brothers
or sisters can probably sympathize with the next expectation - fair
treatment for all. Did your sister ever forget to take out the garbage
and then go off to school, leaving you holding the bag? Did your brother
ever leave the dishes unwashed in the sink so that you had to do them when
you got home? Surely some of you have a similar tale of woe to tell. Cadets
are no different from brothers and sisters. Make sure that you keep a schedule
of duties so that all the cadets do their fair share.
"Treat others as you would
like to be treated yourself" is an old saying that best introduces the
next expectation of a follower/ All followers expect you to treat
them with dignity. Everyone wants to be treated with respect.
The sixth expectation of
a follower is to be free from over supervision.
Supervision by a leader is an important function, but too much of a good
thing is not good. Give your followers some room to manoeuvre within your
supervision of their activities.
Have you ever known a cadet
who did not like a a party? Probably not! Followers love social
activities. We are not necessarily talking about rock concerts,
but rather any occasion that is social in nature. A well deserved break
from a morning's work can serve as a great opportunity to socialize. The
cadet corps is a social organization and it is important for every leader
to recognize that followers expect time to be allocated for socializing
just like any other activity.
The eighth expectation centres
around providing good working conditions for
your followers. As a leader, you are expected to provide the best possible
working conditions for your followers. After all, why should your cadets
cook the platoon's lunch on a Coleman stove in the pouring rain when you
could take the time to set up a modular tent to act as protection against
As a follower, there is nothing
more frustrating than having the plans changed and no one bothers to tell
you about it. When you were a younger cadet, did you ever show up for Friday
night sports only to find that everyone was in uniform for drill team practice?
Or even worse, did you ever show up in uniform only to find out that it
was sports night? Cadets expect to be kept informed.
If the plans change (and they do) tell everyone!
Why do you think young people
like yourself join army cadets instead of other youth organizations? A
big part of this answer is the challenge.
Army cadets must work hard to succeed, and more often than not, they surpass
the challenges put before them. Don't take the challenge out of army cadets;
the cadets themselves expect a challenge!
Lastly, followers want to
contribute to the group form time to time.
Provide them with an opportunity to express their ideas and suggest solutions
to common problems affecting the platoon, company or battalion.
Match the expectation in the left-hand column with the example in the right.
Sgt Allen said "Let's put some music on while we work on setting up the
What is expected of them
The Sergeant Major ordered "Coleman, it is your turn to do the graveyard
shift on fire picket."
Recognition of good performance
"Who has got some ideas on the design of the cadet corps T-shirt?" asked
"Listen Cadet O'Donnell, you take the better snow-shoes. I can manage with
the broken ones," spoke Lt Hill.
Treated with dignity
Captain magnificent announced "Because of a superior performance on the
Green Star Course, Cadet Mallette will be promoted to Corporal."
No over supervision
"Well done Kontopoulos, you were the first one packed!" said Sgt Gharlambidis."
Social group activity
"Carry on everyone - I'll be back in 15 minutes to check up on your progress,"
said MCpl Moya.
Good working conditions
Sgt Foltea said "Take 10 minutes to catch your breath, billy up some tea
To be kept informed
"We must change direction - the road is washed out ahead of us," said Sgt
The Sergeant Major said "Your boots must be as shiny as mine!"
Advancement in promotion
The Warrant Office pulled Richard aside and told him that he was teaching
the halt on the wrong foot. Richard went back to teach it correctly after
Contribute to the group
"OK, let's make it a little more challenging - strip the rifle blind-folded"
said the instructor.
check your answers, click
Which one of the 12 expectations do you think is the most important for
your followers and why?
Which one of the 12 expectations was the most important for you when you
were a follower, and give an example explaining your choice?
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