Lead by example, COAS charges mid-level commanders

Lead by example, COAS charges mid-level commanders

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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja has charged mid-level commanders of the Nigerian Army to lead their subordinates by example in the ongoing effort to end security challenges facing some parts of the country.

Gen Lagbaja gave the charge on Tuesday while delivering a lecture titled, ‘Crafting My Command Philosophy As Chief of Army Staff Nigerian Army Within Nigeria’s Contemporary And Emerging Security Environment’, to students of Senior Course 46, at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna.

This was contained in a statement made available to Defence Correspondents in Abuja by Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu

According to the statement, the Army Chief described leadership by example, as the most reliable leadership style, where the leader models the behavior he wants to see in his team members.

“When you lead by example, you do not just push team members towards excellence; rather, you actively demonstrate that excellence.

“My command Philosophy is thus a commitment that I will not ask any of my commanders or Principal Staff Officers, or anyone for that matter, to do what I am unwilling or unable to do personally. I equally do not expect my commanders to ask their subordinates to do anything that they are not willing or unable to do.”

It added that the COAS further pointed out that his expectation was that commanders at all levels, lead by example and propagate such a healthy culture across the Nigerian Army.

According to it, Lagbaja maintained that exemplary leadership will correspondingly impact positively on operational efficiency in the ongoing effort at tackling insecurity.

He noted that under his watch as the COAS, no stone will be left unturned to ensure that the Nigerian Army remains operationally effective in all its endeavours.

The Commandant of the College, Air Vice Marshall Hassan Alhaji, while speaking at the end of the lecture, expressed appreciation to the COAS for practically taking the lead by delivering the lecture in person and sharing his thoughts to guide the officers on the direction he is taking the Nigerian Army.

He urged the officers to imbibe the leadership qualities espoused by the COAS to sharpen their command capabilities and effectively deliver assigned tasks.

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