JLBC Cadet Corps: Leadership Roles
Senior JLBC Cadets managing, the managerial role is only one key application of management, a particular case. People in parts can use different styles, but the function can be defined without reference to class. Leadership reframed focuses on promoting an effective way while management upgraded takes care of everything to do with getting work done through people. Management can thus be as inspiring, facilitative, empowering and developmental as it needs to be in a world of knowledge workers." (McCrimmon, Management Upgraded, 2019)
The bottom line is that we are leaders AND managers and focus on accomplishing the mission. We get the job done by exercising various styles and functions, applying resources, making decisions, and inspiring the people we work with to work with dedication toward our shared objective.
So the last topic to discuss, to make this something other than just an academic exercise, is how do you improve your management and leadership? I'm sorry to tell you that there's no magic wand to make you a good leader or manager. But what you're doing in the JLBC Cadet Corps is precisely what you need to do: learn the academic theories and concepts, take every opportunity to practice by taking on leadership positions in the JLBC Cadet Corps and in other organizations you're associated with, seek out mentors who can guide you to being a better leader (and manager), and repeat!
Delegation: Authority, Responsibility, and Accountability
Delegation is a critical concept in management. If a manager doesn't delegate tasks, they aren't managing, so they're not managers. Getting one or more other individuals to do what you want them to do (one of our definitions of leadership) revolves around delegation – or giving orders.
Who can you give orders to, and why? If your organization gives you authority, that gives you the power to tell other people what to do. There are two types of control (or management): formal (or official) and personal. Legal authority relates to the power derived from your position (i.e., a unit commander has the power to give orders to Senior JLBC Cadets in their unit, or a Sergeant has the power to give orders to Privates). Personal authority derives from the ability to influence others – in other words – leadership ability.
Authority is tied to the organization. A Cadet Sergeant has authority over a Cadet First Class – but only under the commandant's supervision and within the cadet program's bounds. A Military Sergeant controls a Private First Class in his chain of command to such an extent that he can lawfully order the PFC to do something in combat that might cause him harm. This is a very different level of authority because the nature of the organization is quite different. JLBC Cadets Authority is the right or power assigned to an executive or a manager to achieve specific organizational objectives.