Leadership & Ethics

Paradox and Challenges in Military Leadership

By The Cove May 16, 2019



In the modern day environment, leaders are forced to juggle competing and often, seemingly contradictory demands. We must demonstrate adequate command and control, but allow for autonomy and freedom. We must support individuality but advocate for selflessness and teamwork. Discipline versus creativity? Flexibility versus efficiency? Pushing people outside their comfort zone versus encouraging work-life balance? How do leaders navigate these paradoxes and achieve success in their careers?

This academic paper by Ronit Kark, Tair Karazi-Presler and Sarit Tubi via ResearchGate explores these competing demands and provides a nuanced understanding of the challenges of modern military leadership. This paper is a little lengthy Covesters, so make sure you save it for when you have a little more time up your sleeve.



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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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