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Army: COAS charges mid-level commanders to lead by example

Lt. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, the Chief of Army Staff, has ordered Nigerian Army mid-level commanders to set an example for their subordinates in the ongoing fight against security issues plaguing some regions of the nation.

The most effective leadership style, according to Lagbaja, is leading by example, when the leader exemplifies the behaviour he wants to see in his team.

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.

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“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.

Speaking to the troops, Lagbaja expressed his delight with their operational efforts and praised them for their achievement in driving out the rebels from the state’s Rigasa-Afaka axis.

He urged them to keep up the pace of the current operations in order to thoroughly remove the militants from their hiding places.

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