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Nil Leadership

Post by Ryan » Mon Jul 02, 2012 1:35 pm

What happens when there is NO leadership whatsoever? For whatever reason - death, miscommunication, loss of communications, distance, being lost or captured and so on.

Ad-hocracy's naturally feel and sound kind of good at first but during combat often lead to conflicting orders, confusion, ROE-violations, prematurely-initiated ambushes and cross-comms etc.
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Re: Nil Leadership

Post by jimothy_183 » Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:58 am

People can be divided up into 4 catagories in terms of leadership
  • Willing and capable
  • Unwilling but capable
  • Willing but uncapable
  • Unwilling and uncapable
If theteam is lucky then someone who is the first type will take control, probably a subordinate leader such as an XO/2IC. The second type may take control if they figure that they will probably die if they don't take control.

If the team is only made up of the third and fourth type then the team will cease to be a team, confusion will increase, everyone will do their own thing and chaos will ensue.
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Re: Nil Leadership

Post by tacticalguy » Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:16 am

Every SWAT officer/student that I've known has been an Alpha male on steroids. That especially went for the guys on my team in the military. We were all NCO's and had been through basic leadership development courses. Not every SWAT officer or tactical student would be appropriate as a leader, however. Team building exercises are important to ensure that the team has confidence in the leadership abilities of all team members. Part of any team exercises should be the "loss" of the team leader to assess the team response.
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Re: Nil Leadership

Post by jimothy_183 » Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:26 am

Those are all good ways to minimise the chances of a team losing it's leadership but of course that doesn't always happen in life. Another factor is motivation and training, a conscript military is an example of where things can go wrong if the leader is either killed or incapacitated. The film "Apocalypse Now" is an example of what can happen when there is no leadership as things get more and more chaotic as the main characters travel furthur up the river.
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