Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)
‘LEADERSHIP & MOTIVATION’
EXCEPTIONAL ARMY TRAINING MODULES BENEFIT GRADUATES’
Leadership qualities in the Army as history has proved repeatedly are an invaluable asset not only for the organization but also for outside society since leadership is closely entwined with high standards of discipline, selfdevelopment, morality, endurance, considerateness, motivation, behaviour and a variety of other auxiliary facets.
Apart from their tactical operational security aspects, all ranks in the Army experience and regard these cornerstones as their basic foundation on which their pillars of professionalism, has been structured and nurtured, i.e. to be different from others and call himself a ‘militarized’ professional, which in essence is not at all an easy task. Such skills require a great deal of commitment, hard work, patience and selfless sacrifice.
It is against this backdrop, the government, in line with HE the President’s ‘Saubhagyaye Dekma’ (Vistas of Prosperity & Splendour) policy statement, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, himself a full-fledged warrior in the past, turned to the Army for conduct of much-acclaimed ‘Leadership & Motivation’ programme for newlyrecruited 50,000 graduates to the public sector with the express objective of oiling the state administrative machinery, to be more people-oriented and service committed after introducing a comprehensive training programme of motivation through the Army before those graduates begin their career in the state service.
The Army-designed complete threeweek long course, consists of five phases commenced its first phase on 14 September in fifty-one islandwide Army establishments where Army resource personnel focused largely on leadership skills, team spirit, managerial skills, commitment, interest, flexibility, respect for society and understanding of the objectives of the State since the public sector has been generally identified as inefficient. This leadership training programme for graduates is coordinated, monitored and administered solely by the Army under the close and direct supervision and guidance of the Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva. The Army Headquarters monitors the entire programme in coordination with the Directorate of Training.
The highest concern is attached to the improvement of ideational factors and to inculcate national and personal values. All these are areas will ensure the quality of the workforce and their motivation to excel in their jobs. The conceptual knowledge on leadership and management is disseminated through well-structured and logical modules to improve the confidence and competence of the participants during the three-week arrangement.