Leadership Module #1

Reflective Analysis of Leadership at Camp Blackdown

YOUR TASK:

You are asked to write a detailed paper about the leadership that you witnessed during the FTX at Camp Blackdown on CFB Borden. You are required to write one paragraph about seven (7) of the 10 Principles of Leadership. For each principle of leadership that you choose, you will select one instance where an individual demonstrated the particular leadership principle during the exercise. It is recommended that you choose different people to discuss for each paragraph; however, you are allowed to use the same person more than once, or even write about yourself, if you feel it is appropriate.

THE 10 PRINCIPLES OF LEADERSHIP:

1. Lead by setting a good example for others to follow.

The only way to earn respect from the team is for them to first accept that you are tangible part of the team, you share their goals, and that you are acting in their interest. You can only do this by being there, experiencing the challenges with them (e.g. if your cadets are marching in the rain, you too should be in the rain). Also, a majority of the leadership lessons you will teach will come as the result of your cadets imitating you.

2. Get to know the cadets in your charge and look after their welfare.

You should find out about your cadets, their name, school and hobbies. You should also find out some professional information such as appointments, summer camp qualifications, leadership ability and / or potential.  Then use this knowledge to guide them in their cadet careers, and be there when they need your advice. You’ll also find that the skills and knowledge the members of the team possess will be beneficial to accomplishing team goals – and your knowledge of your team members will assist you in selecting people for tasks, etc.

3. Develop the leadership potential from among the cadets in your charge.

Each team member represents a long-term investment of the corps. You want to enhance their abilities as leaders so that they feel integral and important to the success of the team. By working to improve the individual’s self-confidence and initiative, you’ll increase the overall performance of your team. In the end, you want to have them trained enough to take over your position when the time comes.

4. Make sound and timely decisions.

Be aware of the situation and act accordingly –swiftly in situations of danger, patiently in safe and stress-free occasions. Consider the positive and negative factors, examine your options, draft a plan, and allow as much feedback on your plan as possible from team members. Follow through with the plan. In situations of danger, your team members will expect that you, as their leader, will be composed, considerate, and confident in your actions and decisions.

5. Train the cadets to work together as a team to complete a task.

Teamwork takes time and energy to instill and develop. Communication, cooperation and a sense of common purpose will make each challenge more rewarding, and it will create opportunities not accessible to weaker teams. Adopt goals for the team that are agreed to by the team members.

6. Communicate your ideas and thoughts clearly.

Be brief and use terms and phrases that will be understood by all team members. For complicated instructions, prepare yourself before going in front of the team. Have your team take notes and question them on their assigned duties or tasks. Give them an opportunity to ask questions of their own. When you give directions ensure everyone knows what your aim is.

7. Keep the cadets informed of all activities and developments as they happen.

Keeping your cadets informed will make them feel part of the team. If everyone knows exactly what is going on, they will be more comfortable following orders, and more adaptable to changes.

8. Take personal initiatives.

Bring forward your ideas, and those of your team, to your leaders. Be familiar with your duties and responsibilities and act on them within your ability.

9. Learn to recognize your personal strengths and weaknesses.

Only attempt to lead activities that you are confident in your skills and knowledge. Get extra training if you need and always allow time for your own development and to practice difficult skills before a challenging activity.  Don’t afraid to admit that you can’t do something, or that you need help. Your team will appreciate your honesty.

10. Treat the cadets as you would like to be treated yourself.

Being abusive or cruel, swearing, losing your temper or self-control, or simply being unpleasant are all signs that you are losing your ability to lead. Take a moment to compose yourself, and deal with the situation with a calm and fair attitude. Remember what it was like to be a team member and respect that mistakes will happen.

YOU WILL BE EVALUATED IN THE FOLLOWING MANNER:

You will be given a grade out of 10 for your writing. The quality of your examples and the depth of your detail will be of the upmost importance. While your grammar will not be given a specific mark, you should do your absolute best to adhere to proper writing conventions.  Remember, the more effort that you put into your work, the better mark you will receive.  Mr. Ramon will grade your papers and provide feedback to you as soon as possible.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR WORK:

You will submit your work to the Silver Star Conference "Submissions" folder.  You will also submit your work to Turn-it-in.com: