In a May 2011 article in Army Times, Sergeant Ashley Moye, a 13-year Army veteran, wrote, “We have tenets of leadership, leading by example, knowing your soldiers, knowing your jobs, doing the right things and setting the example for your soldiers. Today, those things are not done. Everybody gets the impression that leadership is a trait we all possess. But it’s taught, and we’re not being taught properly.”
Moye is not the only soldier to recognize that servant leaders are much better than self-serving leaders. General Martin E. Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has also emphasized the need for developing senior leaders with a strong ethical compass to better help them navigate the murky waters of strategic leadership.
The challenges ahead of us in the 21st-century security environment mandate that we reinvigorate our commitment to the development of strategic leaders. We owe it to the nation to “build a bench” of leaders for tomorrow who can operate at the highest levels of our government.