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The ability to identify with and enter into another

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The ability to identify with and enter into another person’s feelings and emotions. The desire to care for and take care of Soldiers and others. Warrior Ethos/ Service Ethos The internal shared attitudes and beliefs that embody the spirit of the Army profession for Soldiers and Army Civilians alike. Discipline Control of one’s own behavior according to Army Values; mindset to obey and enforce good orderly practices in administrative, organizational, training, and operational duties. CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT 3-26. Soldiers and Army Civilians are shaped by their background, beliefs, education, and experience. An Army leader’s job would be simpler if merely checking the team member’s personal values against the Army Values and developing a simple plan to align them sufficed. Reality is much different. Becoming a person and leader of character is a process involving day-to-day experience, education, self-development, developmental counseling, coaching, and mentoring. While individuals are responsible for their own character development, leaders are responsible for encouraging, supporting and assessing the efforts of their people. Leaders of character develop through continual study, reflection, experience, and feedback. Leaders hold themselves and subordinates to the highest standards. 3-27. Doing the right thing is good. Doing the right thing for the right reason and with the right goal is better. People of character must possess the desire to act ethically in all situations. One of the Army leader’s primary responsibilities is to maintain an ethical climate that supports development of such character. When an organization’s ethical climate nurtures ethical behavior, people will think, feel, and act ethically. They will internalize the aspects of sound character. Leaders who are excessively negative, do not value people’s worth, and berate followers are not setting a good example. 3-28. Effective leadership begins with developing and maintaining a leader identity. Identity refers to one’s self-concept. People possess many self-definitions, such as female, strong, smart, or Soldier. Leader identity refers to an individual’s awareness of self as a leader. Leader identity forms because one—
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Chapter 3 3-6 ADRP 6-22 1 August 2012 Self-identifies as a leader. Is perceived as a leader by others. Is a leader in relation to another person. Is collectively endorsed by the organization as a leader. 3-29. Character development affects an individual’s leader identity. Leaders lacking self-awareness will have difficulty influencing others or attaining goals related to leader growth and development. Leaders lacking a clear sense of leader identity will not want to develop or improve their leadership skills. An incomplete or inaccurate sense of identity hinders the growth of leaders. The ability to lead and inspire others begins with an understanding of oneself, which ultimately determines a leader’s character.
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