Leadership requires skills to win the trust and reliance of subordinates and enlist cooperation of all those subordinates.It is necessary to know the situation at lower levels in order to lead subordinates under correct leadership. As the saying that goes by “Ask if you have no idea and wash your hands if dirty,” what one does not know must be asked and a correct decision can be made only if the true situation is known. For a person to become a good commandant,he must have fatherly and commandership spirits. He has to receive basic training and do practical things through chain of command, said Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing in meeting with senior officer instructors and senior officer trainees from the Command and General Staff College in Kalaw Station this morning.
Also present at the meeting were Commander-in-Chief (Navy) Admiral Tin Aung San, Commander-in-Chief (Air) General Maung Maung Kyaw, senior military officers from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief(Army), Commander of Eastern Command Maj- Gen Lin Aung, the commandant of the Command and General Staff College, senior officer instructors and senior officer trainees.
The Senior General continued to say that a qualified commander must be equipped with basic health needs in order to perform his duties at any time. Commanders always take care of his health and need to abstain from tobacco consumption,betel chewing and alcohol drinking. In addition, they themselves need to be careful about their accommodation, eating and dress suited to them and to supervise other lower ranks.
Regarding leadership, they have to perform the duties of commanding officers. They play an important role in the leadership sector as they have administrative, judicial and financial powers. The leadership qualification relies on the qualifications of individuals. Servicemen themselves have to abide by orders and can give orders to other ranks according to the hierarchical level. Likewise,commanders are to fulfill requirements of their subordinates by uplifting their spirit.Military arts are being given to them to have skills of leading their troops in the battlefield with correct leadership, correct order and correct decision. They have to try their best to win trust of the superiors and inferiors.If not, they will not have collaboration.Consequently, they will not have success in their assignments. As the trust depends on skills of leaders in the practical works,the Senior General urged them to try their best. Despite various types of leadership,the Senior General stressed the need not to emphasize personality cult.
After the meeting, the Senior General and party cordially greeted senior officer trainees. Then, the Senior General inspected practical training halls and supporting halls of the lecture halls where officials conducted them round the halls.
On arrival at the local Light Infantry Division headquarters in Kalaw station,the Senior General heard reports on general staff, adjutant and quartermaster tasks and progress of military building tasks presented by the LID commander.
In response to the reports, the Senior General gave instructions on always emphasizing high capabilities of the military units, always conducting the individuals and group-wise trainings for enhancement of military capability, control of the strength of military units and enforcement of military disciplines. Later, the Senior General and party viewed round Kalaw station in a motorcade.