Leadership & Ethics

Has ADF Leadership Changed Over the Last 20 Years and Can We Make it Better?

By The Cove May 16, 2019

 This article titled “Has the ADF Leadership Changed Over the Last 20 Years and Can we Make it Better?” by a former Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army, Kevin Woods, was published via the ADF Journal (also available on Defence Protected Network). It offers a personal perspective on the state of Army and ADF leadership, focusing on a number of key topics that often arise when discussing leadership and qualities of leaders including:

  • Compassion
  • Risk aversion
  • Honest reporting
  • Moral courage
  • Micro-management
  • Values

The article also offers an interesting snapshot about what various rank groups indicated they ‘liked’ and ‘hated’ most about the Army and service life.

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Read the article and let us know whether you agree or disagree with the observations it contains.

What do you think are the biggest challenges facing Army leaders at the sub-unit team level today? Consider personally reflecting on your own list of things you enjoy about serving in the military, and those things you would seek to change if you were able to.  




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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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