Army attributes

Persuasive essay on why character is the most important attribute of a NCO.
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23. Leadership attributes are characteristics internal to a leader. Character is the
essence of who a person is, what a person believes, how a person acts. The
internalization of Army Values is one type of character attribute. Empathy is
identifying and understanding what others think, feel and believe. Leaders of character
who embrace the Army leader attributes and competencies will be authentic, positive
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leaders. While character relates to the internal identity of the leader, presence
attributes relate how others see the leader and intellect relates to what abilities and
knowledge the leader possesses to think and interact with others.
24. Leadership competencies are groups of related actions that the Army expects
leaders to do—lead, develop and achieve. Core competencies are those groups of
actions universal to leaders, across cohorts and throughout organizations.
LEADER ATTRIBUTES
25. Attributes shape how an individual behaves and learns in their environment. The
leader attributes are character, presence and intellect. These attributes capture the
values and identity of the leader (character); the leader’s outward appearance,
demeanor, actions and words (presence); and the mental and social faculties the leader
applies in the act of leading (intellect). Attributes affect the actions that leaders
perform. Good character, solid presence and keen intellect enable the core leader
competencies to be performed with greater effect.
CHARACTER
26. Leadership is affected by a person’s character and identity. Integrity is a key mark
of a leader’s character. It means doing what is right, legally and morally. The
considerations required in leader choices are seldom obvious as wholly ethical or
unethical. The Soldier’s Rules, which codify the law of war, outline ethical and lawful
conduct in operations and are useful for everyday conduct (see AR 350-1). Leaders
who unwaveringly adhere to applicable laws, regulations, and unit standards build
credibility with their subordinates and enhance trust from the American people they
serve.
27. Leaders of integrity adhere to the values that are part of their personal identity and
set a standard for their followers to emulate. Identity is one’s self-concept, how one
defines him or herself. Leaders who are effective with followers identify with the role
and expectations of a leader; they willingly take responsibilities typical of a leader and
perform the actions of a leader. Leaders who are unsure of themselves may not have a
strong idea of their identity.
PRESENCE
28. The impression a leader makes on others contributes to success in getting people
to follow. This impression is the sum of a leader’s outward appearance, demeanor,
actions and words and the inward character and intellect of the leader. Presence entails
the projection of military and professional bearing, holistic fitness, confidence and
resilience. Strong presence is important as a touchstone for subordinates, especially
under duress. A leader who does not share the same risks could easily make a decision
that could prove unworkable given the psychological state of Soldiers and Civilians
affected by stress.
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INTELLECT
29. The leader’s intellect affects how well a leader thinks about problems, creates
solutions, makes decisions and leads others. People differ in intellectual strengths and
ways of thinking. There is no one right way to think. Each leader needs to be selfaware
of strengths and limitations and apply them accordingly. Being mentally agile
helps leaders address changes and adapt to the situation and the dynamics of
operations. Critical and innovative thought are abilities that enable the leader to be
adaptive. Sound judgment enables the best decision for the situation at hand. It is a key
attribute of the transformation of knowledge into understanding and quality execution.

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