Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

‘LEAD­ER­SHIP & MO­TI­VA­TION’

EX­CEP­TIONAL ARMY TRAIN­ING MOD­ULES BEN­E­FIT GRAD­U­ATES’

- Career · Defence Staff · Gotabaya Rajapaksa

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.

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