JLBC CADET CORPS Leadership Skills & Theories


JLBC CADET CORPS Leadership Skills & Theories

The following competency is to develop – ourselves, our subordinates, and our unit’s capabilities. We strive to leave the organization better than it was when we arrived. We foster a climate of high morale and esprit de corps. We continually seek self-improvement and work to develop others while building effective teams. We make choices and take actions that ensure that leaders in the future sustain the JLBC Cadet Corps’ vision of developing leaders.

Finally, we achieved. We get results. As leaders, we persevere until the task is complete and successful. We never give up. We adapt to changes and manage our resources to keep the focus on accomplishing the mission. We monitor performance and apply the influence needed to complete the job. We pursue excellence and celebrate excellence and success where we find it.

The JLBC Cadet Leadership Model shows us what leaders must be and do to be successful. The JLBC Cadet Corps program is designed to help you be a character leader with the presence and intellect to lead other cadets (and, in your future, others in whatever profession you choose). We give you the opportunities to lead and develop your unit, and if you continue to excel, opportunities to lead and develop higher level units at brigade and corps level and teams at our summer encampment. You can achieve this by dedicating yourself to continuous improvement, academic excellence, and always being a leader.

Great Man Theory.

In the 19th Century, Thomas Carlyle, a Scottish philosopher and writer, proposed what has become known as the Great Man Theory. This was a popular leadership theory until the mid-20th Century and still generates interest today, though most experts disagree with it.

JLBC Cadets “The history of our world is but the biography of great men.” Thomas Carlyle 1840

Carlyle believed that leaders are born with specific characteristics and traits that allow them to be successful leaders – essentially, they are born, not made. He also believed that great leaders arise when the need for them is excellent. He profiled leaders such as Jesus, Mohamed, Shakespeare, Pericles, and Napoleon. Leadership, to Carlyle, is an “almost magical quality found only in a select few.” (LaFond, 2012)

A perfect example of Carlyle’s theory is Winston Churchill, the Great Britain leader during World War II. Churchill believed he was born to save England from a great catastrophe, and he did. He was charismatic, brilliant, determined, and a great communicator. His leadership during the war held the country together and allowed the British and their allies to prevail over Nazi Germany, Italy, and Japan.

Some people are ‘born leaders. Moreover, some, like Churchill or other historical heroes, were definitely in the right place at the right time. However, even when Carlyle was espousing Great Man Theory, he had critics, such as Herbert Spencer, who called the Great Man Theory “childish, primitive, and unscientific.” (Bisk Education, 2017). Grand Man Theory does not proffer criteria for greatness; who gets on the list and does not? It is a complex theory to test or prove.

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