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The Pursuit of Professional Excellence

By Darren Murch OAM May 13, 2019

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” Viktor E Frankl

Professional excellence, based on the tenets of people, leadership and culture, must be the pursuit of all military organisations. In this paper, Darren uses historical examples to inspire the pursuit of excellence. He begins by highlighting the Australian Army’s emphasis on culture, learning and mastery to demonstrate the shift to intellectual development. He stresses that individuals have a key role to play in this process. Finally, he examines past leaders who had a ground breaking influence on society and uses them to identify key attributes for success.

This paper reminds us that the pursuit of professional excellence is the learning culture a military needs all of its people to foster if it is to create an edge against an adversary.




Darren Murch OAM

Darren Murch has served in a variety of infantry battalions from Private soldier through to Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM). He has been an Army instructor at all ranks during his career and was the RSM of the School of Infantry. Additionally, he has been posted to the United States Army Sergeants’ Major Academy, served as the RSM of 16th Aviation Brigade and is currently the RSM of the 2nd Division. Darren has a Bachelor of Organisational Leadership and has commenced a Master of Strategic People Management.

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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