Army Regulation (AR) 600-100 covers Leadership and the Army Profession. The Army defines leadership as the process of providing purpose direction and motivation to accomplish the mission and improve the organization. Without leadership, the Army would not exist. This ties into the Army Profession because every Army Professional is a leader. The Army Professional is defined as a Soldier or Army Civilian who meets the Army Profession’s certification criteria in character, competence, and commitment. The job of an Army Professional is to steward the profession, uphold the Army Values, and safeguard America’s trust in the Army. This is accomplished by honorable service, personal commitment, and strength of character.
From the inception of the Continental Army, the idea that the army is a profession was associated with the officer’s corp. Recently the term has come to mean anyone who embodies the ideals of the Army. From the ranks of Army professionals Soldiers considered with the greatest potential for leadership competencies selected for promotion and given greater responsibilities. They steward their profession by continuously cultivating their own knowledge, expertise, and capabilities while mentoring, guiding, and coaching their juniors. Stewardship is the job of supervising or taking care of something, such as an organization or property. Army Professionals steward the Army by upholding the Army Values and ensuring others around them do the same. “Professionals keep abreast of and remain adept in advances in their chosen career field, information technology, and maintain their knowledge of the standards of conduct, policy, law, rules of engagement, and the Geneva Conventions.” (AR 600-100) All Army Professionals have a duty to develop those junior to them to the fullest amount possible ensuring the Army Profession will live on.
Additionally Army Doctrine Publication (ADP) 6-22 covers Army leadership. “An Army leader is anyone who by virtue of assumed role or assigned responsibility inspires and influences people to accomplish organizational goals. Army leaders motivate people both inside and outside the chain of command to pursue actions, focus thinking, and shape decisions for the greater good of the organization.” (ADP 6-22)
AR 600-100 states there are three levels of leadership. They are direct, organizational, and strategic. A direct leader is a team leader or squad leader. The guys you see everyday