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Research Article

Enhancing the Leadership Communication Skills of Norwegian Military Officers

Torill Holth1 and Ole Boe2*

1Department of Military Leadership and Tactics, Norwegian Military Academy, P.O. Box 42, Linderud, 0517, Oslo, Norway

2Department of Military Leadership and Management, Norwegian Defence Staff and Command College, Norwegian Defence University College, Oslo mil, Akershus, 0015, Oslo, Norway

*Corresponding Author:
Boe O
Department of Military Leadership and Management
Norwegian Defence Staff and Command College
Norwegian Defence University College
Oslo mil/Akershus 0015 Oslo, Norway
Tel: +47-990-04-545
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: January 26, 2017; Accepted Date: February 23, 2017; Published Date: February 28, 2017

Citation: Holth T, Boe O (2017) Enhancing the Leadership Communication Skills of Norwegian Military Officers. Arts Social Sci J 8: 250. doi: 10.4172/2151-6200.1000250

Copyright: © 2017 Holth T, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Background: For military officers it is important to accomplish the mission and to take care of their personnel. The key to knowing how to challenge and support each individual in one’s unit lies in leadership communication and in getting to know each one. Purpose of Study: To discuss the use of guidance as a tool for improving leadership communication skills in officers. Sources of Evidence: The Norwegian Armed Forces needs leaders who can act in their role and position. The challenge is to collect and share information, to create a common situational awareness, and hence to achieve an interaction with others that provides the desired efficiency in accordance with the Norwegian Armed Forces Joint Operational Doctrine. Main argument: The officer needs knowledge and skills in building good relations with others in their own unit. The Norwegian Military Academy teaches guidance as a communication tool in leadership development. This is facilitated through a five-day course in guidance. The interpersonal relationships create a sense of esprit de corps, that is, feelings of loyalty, enthusiasm, devotion to a group, and mutual trust. Guidance helps the officers to learn about themselves and others, their own reaction patterns and those of others, and gives them an understanding of relationships. Conclusion: Dialogue provides an opportunity to reflect on the professional and personal challenges and thoughts. The focus is on facilitating that the individuals being guided increase their will to reflect on their own thought patterns and emotions.

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