While the value of leadership is not exactly one of the army values, I do feel like it wraps up this series pretty well. Together, all the army values make up the acronym LDRSHIP. In training, to help us remember the values, they tell us to remember leadership when trying to remember the seven values. Leadership is something I’ve been studying for a few years now. I was in student leadership through both Marching Band and in JROTC and that only introduced me to this value. I am currently still learning of this value while being a cadet at a senior military college.
Now, I have two definitions of the value leadership. The first is to “influence others to do the right thing.” I will never forget where I first heard these words spoken. Every year, our JROTC unit would go to a week long leadership course. The one and only year I was able to go was the year we got a new instructor. He was a retired Lt. Colonel from the Air Force and I learned so much from him. He, along with my other instructors, first taught me what it meant to be a leader.
The next definition of the value leadership is the same one I used in the introduction to this series (click here to read): “Living up to and incorporating all of the values previously mentioned in your daily life.” Doing this will accomplish the same definition I learned from my JROTC instructor. When we act with the values that I wrote about in my previous posts, we influence the people around us to do the right thing.
You don’t need to be a manager, a sergeant or officer, or a pastor to be a leader. At least not in the sense I’m talking about. In this post, I’m simply going to recap and connect the dots, so to speak.
I fully defined this value as, “Bear true faith and allegiance to the Word of God, the Church, and to God. Bearing true faith and allegiance to these things is a matter of believing in and devoting yourself to Christ.” In order to bear true faith and allegiance to those things, we must believe in and devote ourselves to Christ. Through doing those things we bear true faith and allegiance to what the Bible says, to the church, and to God. Click here to read the full post.
In this post, I gave several definitions to define this value. The one I came up with was to “fulfill the obligations that Jesus Christ calls us to do.” I looked at three commandments that Jesus gave to us that stuck out to me. The first two were found in Matthew 22:34-39. This is the Great Commandment, which is to love God with all our hearts, souls, and minds as well as the second, that is to love our neighbors as ourselves. The third point came from Matthew 28:18-20, also known as the Great Commission. This is where Jesus commands us to go and make disciples of all nations, to baptize them and to teach them. You can click here to read.
In my third post of the series, I used most of the army’s definition to define this value as: “Treat people as they should be treated…respect is what allows us to appreciate the best in other people. Respect is trusting that all people have done their jobs and fulfilled their duty…and self-respect is a vital ingredient [of] the…value of respect, which results from knowing you have put forth your best effort.” I broke this definition into three parts. The first is to treat people as they should be treated. The second part is that it allows us to appreciate the best in other people. And the final part was about self-respect, which comes from knowing we have put forth our best efforts. Click here to read the whole article.
Here, I defined selfless service as “Put the welfare of the mission, the Church and others before your own. Selfless service is larger than just one person. In serving God, you are doing your duty loyally without thought of recognition or gain. The basic building block of selfless service is the commitment to go a little further, endure a little longer, and look a little closer to see how one can improve as a soldier of God.”
Once again, I broke this down into small parts to analyze them. The first was about putting the welfare of the mission, church, and others before our own. I further broke this point down into three subtopics. The second point was about how in serving God, we don’t look for or seek recognition. This explains the selfless part of the value. The final portion was about the building blocks of selfless service, which I again broke down into three subtopics. Those being to go a little further, enduring a little longer, and looking closer at ourselves to focus on how we can improve as soldiers of God. Click here to read the full post.
This next value was defined in the introduction of the series as “living up to values that Christ has shown and taught us.” I wrote about three values that weren’t army values, yet were crucial to Christian living. These were forgiveness, compassion, and thanksgiving. In the military, the highest medal that a service-member can receive is the Medal of Honor. Honor is a big word that encompasses so much. This is very much like the value of leadership in that sense. You can read the entire post here.
This value has to be one of my favorites. I wrote the entire definition as “doing what’s right, both legally and morally according to the Scriptures, and spiritually according to the Spirit. Integrity is a quality you develop by adhering to moral, Christian principles. It requires that you do and say nothing that deceives others. As your integrity grows, so does the trust others place in you. The more choices you make based on integrity, the more this highly prized value will affect your relationships with family and friends, and finally, the fundamental acceptance of yourself.”
The first point I made was on doing the right thing. I explained how we know what’s right by legally and morally following the scriptures and spiritually obeying the Holy Spirit. The next point I made was that the value requires us to do and say nothing that was deceptive. And by doing so, our trust in others grows and vice versa. This deals a lot with honesty and teamwork. The final point was on how the choices we make based on integrity affect our relationships with family and friends as well as the acceptance of ourselves. Click here to read the full post.
The final value to write about was very enjoyable for me. I defined personal courage as “facing fear, danger, and adversity (physical, moral, and spiritual). Facing moral fear or adversity may be a long, slow process of continuing forward on the right path, especially if taking those actions is not popular with others. You can build your personal courage by daily standing up for and acting upon the things that you know are honorable.” I explained how courage was about facing fear, danger and adversity as well as how adversity meant physical misfortunes, moral hardships, and spiritual difficulties. Then the personal part of this value came from taking the moral actions, even if others disagree. This value is about standing up for ourselves as we take the honorable actions. Click here to fully read the article.
Being a leader like this is about going throughout our lives while living up these values. When we show these values in our daily lives, we influence people around us to do the same thing. No matter who you are: white or black, male or female, rich or poor, democrat or republican. Christianity pulls people from all over the world together to learn and study the teachings of Jesus Christ and to worship and praise God. You can’t just say you’re a Christian and live your life like there is no change. You need to put out a conscious effort to be an example of all these values. When you do that, you truly set an example for others to follow.
May we all continue to strive to be better Christians in our walks with God. May we continue to remain loyal soldiers of God. May we all strive to perform the duties that God calls us to do. May we always remain respectful to all we meet. May we all be selfless servants of Christ. May we all live in an honorable way. May we all try to live our lives full of integrity. May we all be personally courageous. And may we all be leaders for others to look up to.