JLBC CADET CORPS Leadership Skills & Theories

JLBC CADET CORPS Leadership Skills & Theories

Cadet character is defined by our core values, honor code, cadet codes, and discipline. You can find them in JLBC Cadet Corps documents and on our web page. These are part of JLBC Cadet Corps memory work – we want you to know them by heart – they're that important.

Presence. Cadets should display military bearing, especially in uniform, and strive to look sharp. They should behave with discipline - act professionally and not waste time. Cadets should strive to build confidence and make it part of their presence. Followers will follow confident leaders. Finally, cadets should build resilience and encourage resilience in others. JLBC Cadet's Resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. Sometimes you fail; part of the philosophy in the cadet program is to give cadets opportunities to learn leadership through both success and failure in a safe environment. It's essential to build the ability to bounce back from adversity.

Intellect. Mental agility is an essential attribute of a leader. Leaders must think on their feet, accurately assess a situation, and know what to do when there are problems. Mental agility is the mind's flexibility and ability to anticipate or adapt to uncertain or changing conditions. Good leaders practice critical thinking. The ability to determine facts and assumptions of a situation and critically assess them is key to determining what a leader or organization must do.

One of the more critical leadership traits is judgment, the ability to form sound opinions, and make reliable estimates and sensible decisions. Leaders acquire experience through trial and error and by observing others. Learning from others can occur through mentoring and coaching by superiors, peers, and even subordinates. Often, leaders must juggle facts, questionable data, and intuitive feelings to arrive at a quality decision. JLBC Cadets Innovation is your ability to come up with something new when needed. As problem solvers, cadets should think creatively and be innovative to develop ideas that solve the problem. New or better ways, thinking outside of the box, and listening to others' ideas also help the team-building process.

Effectively interacting with others is a massive part of leadership. Interpersonal tact combines accepting others, recognizing diversity as a positive factor in a team, and displaying self-control. A cadet's self-control, emotional balance, and stability significantly affect their ability to interact with others. People have hopes, fears, concerns, and dreams. Understanding that inspirational energy sparks motivation. Leaders who lose self-control cannot expect those who follow to maintain theirs, and a loss of self-control often leads to a lack of respect.

Expertise is the final factor in intellect. It is the unique knowledge and skill developed from experience, training, and education. As a cadet: Uniform, Courtesy, and Drill & Ceremonies are areas JLBC cadets can gain and show expertise. Other curriculum areas, such as how to honor and fold the US flag, map reading, or leadership theory, can be skills or knowledge a cadet can excel. All these areas can be learned, and you can share your expertise by teaching other cadets.

The second part of the Cadet Leadership Model outlines the competencies – what a leader should be able to do. The major areas are leading, developing, and achieving. Leaders provide purpose, direction, and motivation to accomplish missions and improve the organization.

The first competency is to lead others. To accomplish this, a leader must build trust, influence others to do something the leader wants them to do, set an example, and communicate.

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