The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, has charged mid-level commanders of the Nigerian Army to lead their subordinates by example in the ongoing effort to combat security challenges bedeviling some parts of the country.
Lagbaja described leadership by example, as the most reliable leadership style, where the leader models the behaviour he wants to see in his team members.
Lagbaja made this call in a lecture titled, “Crafting My Command Philosophy As Chief of Army Staff Nigerian Army Within Nigeria’s Contemporary And Emerging Security Environment,” which was delivered by the Director Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, to students of Senior Course 46, at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna.
Lagbaja maintained that exemplary leadership will correspondingly impact positively on operational efficiency in the ongoing effort at tackling insecurity.
“When you lead by example, you do not just push team members towards excellence; rather, you actively demonstrate that excellence. My command philosophy is thus a commitment that I will not ask any of my commanders or Principal Staff Officers, or anyone, for that matter, to do what I am unwilling or unable to do personally. I equally do not expect my commanders to ask their subordinates to do anything that they are not willing or unable to do.” He said
He said no stone will be left unturned to ensure that the Nigerian Army remains operationally effective in all its endeavours, under his watch as the COAS.
Earlier, the COAS had paid a visit to troops of 198 Special Forces Battalion at Afaka in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna state.
Addressing the troops, Lagbaja expressed satisfaction with the operational engagements of the troops and lauded them for successfully clearing the insurgents from the Rigasa – Afaka axis of the state.
He enjoined them to sustain the tempo of the ongoing operations to completely clear the insurgents from their hideouts.