The principles of leadership are BE, KNOW, and DO.
• Technically and tactically proficient
• Able to accomplish to standard all tasks required for the wartime mission.
• Courageous, committed, and candid.
• A leader with integrity.
• The four major factors of leadership and how they affect each other are–
• Yourself, and the strengths and weaknesses in your character, knowledge, and skills. Seek continual self-improvement that is, develop your strengths and work to overcome your weaknesses.
• Seek responsibility and take responsibility for your actions; exercise initiative; demonstrate resourcefulness; and take advantage of opportunities on the battlefield that will lead to you to victory; accept fair criticism, and take corrective actions for your mistakes.
• Assess situations rapidly, make sound and timely decisions, gather essential information, announce decisions in time for Rangers to react, and consider the short and long-term effects of your decision.
• Set the example by serving as a role model for your Rangers. Set high but attainable standards; be willing do what you require of your Rangers; and share dangers and hardships with them.
• Keep your subordinates informed to help them make decisions and execute plans within your intent, encourage initiative, improve teamwork, and enhance morale.
• Develop a sense of responsibility in subordinates by teaching, challenging, and developing them. Delegate to show
you trust them. This makes them want more responsibility.
• Ensure the Rangers understand the task; supervise them, and ensure they accomplish it. Rangers need to know what you expect: when and what you want them to do, and to what standard.
• Build the team by training and cross-training your Rangers until they are confident in their technical and tactical abilities. Develop a team spirit that motivates them to go willingly and confidently into combat.
• Know your unit’s capabilities and limitations, and employ them accordingly.