Leadership Lessons from Indian Armed Forces

soniya das
May 24 · 2 min read

This is about the takeaways that Siddharth Vaze has got from his father and other officers of Indian Armed Forces.

Respect is earned (and lost) everyday

Your past accomplishments only last so long. Every new mission is an opportunity to prove yourself and inspire everyone under your command.

A time for strategy and a time for action

And the two don’t usually mix. Improvise. Adapt. Overcome

Achieving the mission is everyone’s responsibility

While the CO (Commanding Officer) typically leads from the front and takes responsibility for all losses, the sense of failure on not achieving the mission and letting each other down is shared equally by everyone. The unit introspects individually and as a team to analyze what could have been done differently and better!

Praise in Public, Admonish in Private

Rarely will you see good officers berating a junior officer in public (there are rare occasions when they want to set an example to the rest of the unit) but typically one on one conversations are usually the norm and considered much more effective.

Discipline, Expected in war but mandatory in peace

In peacetime, everything you notice around you in an army camp is spotless and in exactly the right place. Right from the uniforms, to the accommodations, mess halls and equipment. It reflects the pride that everyone feels in themselves, their unit and the men they serve with. The continuous drills, exercises and surprise checks are a constant reminder of the old adage “The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war” and the fact that high standards need to be maintained consistently and without excuses.

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