Army of the future Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 March 2017
By Chaplain (Capt.) Mwevi Mwilima
Special to GUIDON

The Army of the  future requires trust, love, motivation and professionalism to enhance the spirit of service and team work. These will create the preparedness that is the bedrock and hallmark of the Army.

Trust is very important in our training environment. Both trainees and trainers must have mutual trust and respect for each other. The trainees must have confidence in the reliability, truth, ability or strength of their leaders. The glue that holds all relationships together — including the relationship between the leader and the led — is trust, and trust is based on integrity.

In essence, trust is a feeling of security you have, based on the belief that leaders are knowledgeable, reliable, good, honest and effective.

Love is second required in any training environment. It is important because it connects leaders and trainees. Through love, we discover things we didn’t know about ourselves like our preferences, tastes and morality. Love is also an excellent source of motivation and it is a great reformer and teacher. This is why Mahatma Gandhi states “were there is love there is life.” And St Augustine would say, “Love and do whatever you will.” This love is willed.

Motivation springs from love. Motivation is important because it provides the drive for people to accomplish their goals, maintain their responsibilities or solve problems. There is always the need to balance between consideration for the mission and consideration for the people required to carry out this mission.

Motivation is important simply because it allows leaders to meet and even exceed organizational goals. After all, this is the whole point of leading. Without people, the mission and organization will be in a precarious position.

Finally, professionalism is key to the Army of the future. Professionalism is important because it can lead to better company standards and higher success rate for trainees and can help to create better relationships within the ranks. Professionalism is important to have at any level of the corporate ladder.

We conclude by recapping that trust, love, motivation and professionalism create readiness. 1 Corinthians 13: 13 states:  “Three things will last forever — faith, hope, and love — and the greatest of these is love.”

(Editor’s note: Mwilima is the 35th Engineer Battalion, 1st Engineer Brigade chaplain.)
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