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Friday, June 16, 2017

Prudence L. Gourguechon: The Army's field manual on leadership is an extraordinarily sophisticated document, founded in sound psychological research and psychiatric theory, as well as military practice. It articulates the core faculties that officers, including commanders, need in order to fulfill their jobs. From the manual's 135 dense pages, I have distilled five crucial qualities: trust, discipline and self-control, judgment and critical thinking, self-control, and empathy. ... Because of Trump's Twitter habits and other features of the contemporary media landscape, far more data about his behavior are available to everyone -- to citizens, journalists and members of Congress. And we are all free to compare that observable behavior to the list of traits deemed critical for leadership by the U.S. Army.

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A leader who is deficient in the capacity for trust makes little effort to support others, may be isolated and aloof, may be apathetic about discrimination, allows distrustful behaviors to persist among team members, makes unrealistic promises and focuses on self-promotion. ...

In psychiatry, we talk about "filters" -- neurologic braking systems that enable us to appropriately inhibit our speech and actions even when disturbing thoughts or powerful emotions are present. Discipline and self-control require that an individual has a robust working filter, so that he doesn't say or do everything that comes to mind.

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Specifically:

Trust
According to the Army, trust is fundamental to the functioning of a team or alliance in any setting: "Leaders shape the ethical climate of their organization while developing the trust and relationships that enable proper leadership." A leader who is deficient in the capacity for trust makes little effort to support others, may be isolated and aloof, may be apathetic about discrimination, allows distrustful behaviors to persist among team members, makes unrealistic promises and focuses on self-promotion.

Discipline and self-control
The manual requires that a leader demonstrate control over his behavior and align his behavior with core Army values: "Loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage." The disciplined leader does not have emotional outbursts or act impulsively, and he maintains composure in stressful or adverse situations. Without discipline and self-control, a leader may not be able to resist temptation, to stay focused despite distractions, to avoid impulsive action or to think before jumping to a conclusion. The leader who fails to demonstrate discipline reacts "viscerally or angrily when receiving bad news or conflicting information," and he "allows personal emotions to drive decisions or guide responses to emotionally charged situations."
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Judgment and critical thinking
These are complex, high-level mental functions that include the abilities to discriminate, assess, plan, decide, anticipate, prioritize and compare. A leader with the capacity for critical thinking "seeks to obtain the most thorough and accurate understanding possible," the manual says, and he anticipates "first, second and third consequences of multiple courses of action." A leader deficient in judgment and strategic thinking demonstrates rigid and inflexible thinking.
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#1 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-06-16 09:53 AM | Reply

And...

Self-awareness
Self-awareness requires the capacity to reflect and an interest in doing so. "Self-aware leaders know themselves, including their traits, feelings, and behaviors," the manual says. "They employ self-understanding and recognize their effect on others." When a leader lacks self-awareness, the manual notes, he "unfairly blames subordinates when failures are experienced" and "rejects or lacks interest in feedback."

Empathy
Perhaps surprisingly, the field manual repeatedly stresses the importance of empathy as an essential attribute for Army leadership. A good leader "demonstrates an understanding of another person's point of view" and "identifies with others' feelings and emotions." The manual's description of inadequacy in this area: "Shows a lack of concern for others' emotional distress" and "displays an inability to take another's perspective."


The manual is at
www.milsci.ucsb.edu

#2 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-06-16 09:56 AM | Reply

US Army is a bunch of pansy liberal SJWs, what do they know about alpha men.

#3 | Posted by bored at 2017-06-16 01:47 PM | Reply

thank you much.
last week i was looking up various Army leadership courses.

#4 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-06-16 07:48 PM | Reply

That test explains why I like collaborating with military people.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-06-16 08:51 PM | Reply

There is something inhumane and contrary to Democracy that tell you to NOT think for yourself.

#6 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-06-17 07:53 AM | Reply

Sorry, but though I do not blame the military, Vietnam proved that our traditional belief in soldiers obeying civillian authorities is bull ----. We NEEDED the military to stand up to the politically elected authorities, it would have saved MILLIONS of lives. Same thing happened in Iraq. Our military needs to remember that they are human beings before they are soldiers. I don't blame them but I do blame our system that tries to reverse that situation.

#7 | Posted by danni at 2017-06-17 08:40 AM | Reply

In short, for commander-in-chief, yes.

#8 | Posted by LastAmerican at 2017-06-17 10:08 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

#8

The man is unstable, venal, and incompetent.

#9 | Posted by Zed at 2017-06-17 10:12 AM | Reply

...for commander-in-chief, yes.
#8 | POSTED BY LASTAMERICAN

Since the only requirement for that is to be over 35 years old, yes. The fact that he's an incompetent ---- is inconsequential.

#10 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2017-06-17 11:09 AM | Reply

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"It's no disgrace not to be able to run a country nowadays, but it is a disgrace to keep on trying when you know you can't."
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#11 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2017-06-17 01:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Since the only requirement for that is to be over 35 years old, yes. The fact that he's an incompetent ---- is inconsequential.
#10 | POSTED BY TFDNIHILIST

He's far more competent than Obama or Hilary and Bill Clinton. So, what the hell are you talking about?

#12 | Posted by LastAmerican at 2017-06-17 05:58 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

What is the color of the sky in the world in what you live Teajadist American????

You really are gullible as ---!!!

#13 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2017-06-17 08:01 PM | Reply

He's far more competent than Obama or Hilary and Bill Clinton. So, what the hell are you talking about?
#12 | POSTED BY LASTAMERICAN

The saddest thing is that you really believe this.

#14 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2017-06-18 12:49 PM | Reply

In short, for commander-in-chief, yes.

#8 | POSTED BY LASTAMERICAN

Where do Trump supporters keep their brains? In jars on shelves in case they need them later or did they just toss them in the trash as unnecessary weight?

#15 | Posted by jpw at 2017-06-18 01:25 PM | Reply

He's far more competent than Obama or Hilary and Bill Clinton. So, what the hell are you talking about?

#12 | POSTED BY LASTAMERICAN

You can lead a horse to water and some will just piss in the trough.

#16 | Posted by jpw at 2017-06-18 01:26 PM | Reply

#12 | Posted by LastAmerican

You know, I really hope you are a troll. I would hate to think that you are seriously that disconnected from reality.

#17 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-06-19 08:11 PM | Reply

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