Staff Skills

Can You Still Demonstrate Leadership Whilst in a Staff Appointment?

By The Cove May 13, 2019


As senior non-commissioned officers and officers, it is inevitable that we will find ourselves posted out of command appointments and in to staff positions at some point in our careers. It can be all too easy to see this as a negative posting: less time spent training, focusing on people and equipment, and more time spent 'driving a desk' under a mountain of spreadsheets and power-point presentations.

At these times in our careers it can be easy to forget we are still performing leadership functions. Yet while opportunities to actively display traditionally held views of military leadership may not be as obvious as they are would be in a direct command position,  there are other ways to demonstrate leadership while in staff roles.

This article by James King via The Military Leader discusses 12 practical lessons on leadership that are applicable regardless of the specific job you are doing. Read the article and feel free to send us your thoughts on how we can display leadership in roles not commonly thought of as leadership positions.

  • Do you think staff positions still need to be viewed as leadership positions?
  • What are some of the practical ways you can demonstrate leadership whilst removed from the 'coalface'?




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The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.

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