Green Star
EO 411.01

Army cadets have always prided themselves on their ability to demonstrate good leadership. This is a skill that will serve you well all your life regardless of the career that you may choose. Good leadership is not always easy to demonstrate because it requires an extra effort on you behalf, but your efforts will not be wasted in the long run as you will have earned the respect of your peers.

Carry out the duties of a team member:

  1. Comply with rules and orders;
  2. Make responsible decisions for your own (and your teammates) safety;
  3. Maintain good personal habits and manners;
  4. Admit your mistakes and learn from experience;
  5. Cooperate with others and work as a member of a team;
  6. Accept constructive criticism;
  7. take care of all personal and group equipment - repair or report items of equipment and clothing when they break or become damaged;
  8. encourage your teammates. 
Through your cadet years you will develop a sense of teamwork, trust and friendship. Simply put, "TEAM" means:

T – Together
– Everyone
– Accomplishes
– More

In cadets there are lots of tasks and responsibilities that everyone has to do. You may need to rely on your team mates or staff to help complete a task. You should lend a hand freely, and expect that others will help you when you need it.

Being a good team member is the first step in becoming a leader. Your leaders and instructors have been where you are today. Trust their experience and work on your skills so you can become a good leader.

Be honest with yourself, and your team mates, about your personal limits – things you can not or will not do. Do not try to hide behind foolish or misleading behaviour. Accept your team mates’ limits, but be encouraging and supportive to try to get them to improve. Never resort to violent or vindictive behaviour, and never leave a team mate behind.

Be patient and understanding when things go wrong, when people make mistakes, or when plans change at the last minute. Expect the unexpected.

Making responsible decisions means doing the right thing even when no one is watching.

Leadership skills start with the development of communication, interpersonal and active listening skills:

  1. communication skills – speak clearly and concisely, look at the person you are in conversation with, and listen to what they have to say – do not interrupt;

  2. interpersonal skills – involve yourself with people and try to build an understanding of their feelings, experiences and behaviours; and,

  3. active listeners CARE:

C – concentrate on the person, do not let yourself be distracted;
– acknowledge, let them know you are listening;
R – respond, paraphrase back what you think they are saying, and ask questions to confirm your understanding; and,
– empathy – imagine the problem through their eyes.

Would you believe... 
Leadership is considered an art and not a science
because of the number of human qualities involved.
Your turn...

List three of the duties of a follower that you think are more important than the others?

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Source: Army Cadet Reference Book (A-CR-CCP-121/PT-001) - Chapter 11.