Most of the organizations that adopt a classic approach in their management tend to follow a comprehensible, coherent, planned and premeditated strategy in their running. This is the case of a Military camp. Most of the lessons and trainings involved illustrate a close link with Human Resource concepts. This is in terms of employment skills, leadership qualities and the connection between power and politics. Having worked in a military camp for a couple of years, I can strongly link my military experience with the Hr concepts. In terms of Leadership and followership, the military has played a larger role in improving my leadership skills, since; currently I have confidence in making crucial decisions and offering potential solutions (Armstrong, 2008, P.11)
Furthermore, through motivation and engagement, I experience a new personality in my career path and I am capable of improving my relation with others and delegate assignments when offered a high rank. In addition, power and politics is one area that conflicts with almost every discipline, but this is different in my experience. From Hr perception, I have adequate skills of balancing authority and politics without causing any conflicts whatsoever. In this essay, I shall base my argument on how my military experience relates to Hr concepts, and the essay shall revolve around theses three topics 1) Leadership and followership 2) Motivation and engagement 3) Power and politics.
2) Leadership and Followership
Military service played a big role in enhancing my leadership skills because presently I have gained confidence in initiating significant decisions and generating reliable solutions. This is something that is evident from the appraisal outcome frequently conducted in the camp. In most case, the performance appraisal carried out demonstrates the performance of every individual within the organization. The appraisal team takes their time in evaluating the personalities of every individual, and they mostly concentrate on how one handles situations and various scenarios, the relationship one exhibits and other aspects that seems petty but are significant in performance appraisal system.
In organizational point-of-view, this is a task designated to the Human resource manager. In every organization, there is a personnel involved in addressing the welfare of the individuals, and Military camp is not an exclusion. Prior to joining the military service, I was a careless, lazy and a person who never adhered to deadlines. This are qualities that no longer exist in my life, in that, the military experience, which includes, both learning and training, have totally transformed my life. I know the values of being disciplined and adhering to strict exercises because I know the repercussions thereafter (Gratton, L et al., 1999, P.7)
The image or rather the reputation of an individual's behavior details the personality of the person. In essence, the outcome of the behavior depends on how the person handled various things or related to people. If the outcome is positive, this means that the person possess the qualities a strong and responsible leader. In other words, the outcome is very significant because it explains the sustainability of a person in a certain place. I managed to complete my military without causing any conflicts or indulging in any disciplinary cases.
I relate the positive outcome with two prime models of leadership that I posses. The first model of leadership is the task-oriented leadership. Task-oriented leader's main objective is getting the work completed. However, they are sometimes autocratic. They enthusiastically define the task and the roles required, develop necessary structures and put them in place and plan, organize, and keep an eye on the work. They perform other major tasks, for instance, developing and preserving principles for performance (Gratton, L et al., 1999, p.7)
The strengths involved in this leadership model is that, leaders involved are time conscious, and in that, they adhere to the deadlines. Observing time is one of the disciplinary procedures in the military service as well as a key Hr concept. Even though, task oriented leaders are mindful of getting the work done within the stipulated timelines, they have a weakness, in that, and they think less about the welfare of their team members. This leadership model suffers great flaws of dictatorial leadership, for instance, increasing motivation and retention problems.
Another model of leadership is Charismatic Leadership. A charismatic leadership model is similar to transformational leadership since these leaders encourage enthusiasm in their teams and are active in motivating others to make a step forward in their endeavors. There is always an excitement and devotion from teams, and this is a tremendous benefit for the well-being of the entire team. However, there is a difference between charismatic leadership and transformational leadership and this lies in their objective.
Transformational leaders intends to change their teams and organizations, while as Charismatic leaders are often focus on themselves, and are reluctant in bringing transformation. However, as much as charismatic leadership is excellent in encouraging enthusiasm, their downside is that they believe in themselves more than they believe in their teams. This weakness is risky and can bring down the entire organization if such a leader leaves the organization. On the other hand, their strong believe in their potential can cause great achievement in the organization because they are devoted towards the success of the organization (Gratton, L et al., 1999, P.7)
3) Motivation and Engagement
According to Brooks, motivation is an individual's effort, persistence and the direction of that effort in his or her life. Motivation determines the performance of an individual since it dictates that individual's engagement in whatever activity he or she engages in or dedicates his or her time undertaking. In any military service, motivation is a crucial factor as it dictates the success of a soldier in all his or her assignments. Any reward or rewards a soldier receives in his or her line of duty depends on motivation of that soldier, the more motivated a soldier is the more rewards he or she is likely to achieve during and after his service time. In my service in the military, I learnt that a person's motivation is a crucial tool in his or her service line since it dictates the rewards that soldier will achieve during or even after the service. It determines the performance capability of a soldier in his or her service (Billsberry, 2008, pg. 102).
In my service period, my behavior towards rewards eminently depended on motivation and performance level. For instance, after a reward or an achievement, my motivation towards performing better and achieving accelerated to greater heights. This feeling came from my desire to achieve more and perform better than before in whatever duty I undertook to fulfill my desires. The desires included my social needs, self-esteem, self-actualization, psychological needs, and safety needs. My initial times serving in military were a bit of nightmares to me since this service involved self-alienation from the world during the training periods. This experience proved very hard at first, but as my skills in vital areas in life, improved my motivation also increased. For instance, military service made my discipline level improve due to the training we received. The strict exercises also made me less vulnerable to difficulties that will help me to get over problems and difficulties in different situations connected with handling business activities. This helped in the realization of myself and was the reward I got from my military commitment (Jackson, & Parry, pg 90, 2011).
There are factors in life, which demoralized me leading to less motivation in my life and my military service times. These factors included alienation from the rest of the world during the training period, the punishment during the military service, the strict training and exercise administered in the military. Alienation from the other parts of the world was a depressing experience, which affected my motivation standards during my military service. The fact that once in the military academy, no one was allowed to leave unless it was during the stipulated times, these times included once per week and when one was punished or broke one of the military regulations. To miss the touch with the outstanding world is a strange feeling, which one cannot adapt to easily. It took me time to adjust to the new environment, during these moments my motivation level was low. The strict training techniques administered during the military training also lowered my motivation. These trainings required the use of a lot of energy and were tiring. After the trainings, it was difficult to get involved in any activity or even perform the slightest duty since the one felt extremely worn out after the trainings. This factor also lowered my motivation level during my first times in the military academy.
Adjust to the military environment took me some time. Getting used to the environment and acquiring new life and leadership skills added a great boost to my motivation standards in my military service period. Factors or rewards, which boosted my motivation, included the following my leadership skills improved, my decision-making…