What is one of the most important elements used in relation building in the military? Trust, personal growth from friendships becomes challenging without the presents of this crucial element. Without trust, individual’s confidence in all echelons of leadership and their subordinates ability to complete missions would diminish a unit’s morale and loyalty. Friendships are constructed over time through the innuendo of mutual trust. Time is the only factor that gains trust and cannot be expected or granted to. There are plenty of circumstances where the absence of trust was the misnomer for failure in relationships.
We can place trust at the highest point in the pyramid of morals, but how do we build and sustain trusting relationships? Simplified, by mandating the army leadership values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage. The ability to trust other military personnel becomes crucial across the rank structure. We must have faith in others and in turn returning the gesture. This should be considered the leading origin for a mutual relation. Trust is used in military organizations on a daily basis. Simple trust is the most useful tool in all-positive relationships throughout command.
This can be fulfilled by performing the simplest action like showing up to accountability formation on time, taking the relevant actions in the absence of orders, or general military bearing. Trust is present everywhere and is up to us to use it every time we are offered the opportunity. Creating working relationships that could last for many years throughout ones career. Unit morale itself increases from the trusting relationship between soldier and command. With high morale, everyone will want to be at work and give their one hundred percent without their leadership having the necessity to ask for it.
One of the most important forms comes from the immeasurable trust the American people have with it’s military. They expect the soldiers of the military to protect their freedom, their children, and their country. The civilian populous security awareness increases when the military is present. When every soldier takes his oath to the Constitution, we as soldiers accepted the responsibility to protect and serve the people. The United States entrusts soldiers with the power to use deadly force while respecting the sanctity of life at the same time.
Most people do not comprehend how vital trust is; it is at the same level as faith. The absence of trust puts personal lives and jobs at risk. The Military places trust in the civilian population when they contract them to aid the Soldiers on their daily task and building most of their weaponry, vehicles, ships and aircraft. All leadership should trust their subordinates when executing a task. Ensuring Soldiers do their job while implementing military standards without supervision is fundamental. Subordinates should trust us to make the sound judgments that will bring them home to their loved ones.
Knowing that we can count on each other brings the confidence we need to stay focused on the mission, increasing abilities to make right decisions in stressful situations where a second can determine life or death on the battlefield. Learning how to let go could seemingly be one of the hardest skills to master. If leaders don’t trust their subordinates it can be interpreted as micro management, these leaders will do all the work. Leaving no room for their subordinates to evolve, as leaders causing a negative impact on the morale and work climate of the unit.
This leadership style is dangerous, toxic, and should be avoided. When the lack of confidence in a unit destroys the morale, performance, and loyalty of soldiers. There are times when lack of confidence has come from high command, where daily cynicism and selfishness is normal. This is where all directions and decisions are made at the higher levels constructing a tremendous negative work environment. This leader has issues with trusting others. These types of leader will micro manage all offices in the company and in return overriding all lower level leaders’ decisions.
Also, this leader will break his subordinate’s trust when they find out confidential information was discussed with other lower ranking soldiers. Imagine chaos at every level in the organization where trust is not used. People talking about each other not having honor or the integrity to accept what they do to others, people trying to take advantage of your misfortune to steal your position. A total living nightmare where you are more focused on others instead of actually trying to get your job, mission and task done for the day. Actions like these will fracture; break any existing positive work relation you may build.
One way of fighting distrust is: to recognize its signs and to learn how to use countermeasures. Trust must be applied to Soldiers lives every day. Implementing trust can save values lost through the years. Implementing trust in the Military is essential. The American people confidence in the Armed Forces is immense and this should be reciprocal. Leaders at all levels should be educated on learning how to trust others and let go, this will enhance them as persons as Soldiers. Lack of confidence should be avoided, distrust could lead to many negative endings creating negative command climate Reference: The Army Profession Pamphlet 2012.