Strategy And Leadership Go Hand In Hand

Regional Security System | Thursday, March 18, 2021

Chief of Staff of the Barbados Defence Force, Colonel Glyne Grannum, stated that strategy was one of the main activities of leadership. (Photo: RSS)

Implementation of policies and activities designed to ensure national and regional security, depends heavily on a “well-laid strategy”.

This was underscored by Chief of Staff of the Barbados Defence Force, Colonel Glyne Grannum, during his address at the closing ceremony for the virtual Strategic Leadership Course hosted by the Regional Security System (RSS) Training Institute.

Speaking to the participants of the course which comprised 30 leaders and representatives of regional law enforcement and security agencies, Col. Grannum stated that strategy was goal-focused and was one of the main activities of leadership in their field of work.

He posited that “… a high-level strategy ought not to be a stand-alone document”, but should be accompanied by implied strategies and operational tasks.

“Strategies are practical documents or schemes-of-manoeuvre… For us in the whole of government and society, regional defence and security alliance, strategy provides direction related to multidimensional security objectives, international relations, roles of security institutions and agencies, implementation plans and the required instruments, resources and capabilities…”

“Importantly, strategy must balance policy objectives and the leverageable resources and capabilities of state or alliance power using specifically determined pathways to achieve desired outcomes,” Col. Grannum explained.

Meanwhile, Director of Operations and Planning at the RSS, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Forde, issued a call for participants to take advantage of what they learned as it would be necessary in navigating the current complex environment, noting that since the COVID-19 pandemic, strategic leadership within our political directorate and in individual forces has been tested.

“… Learning is a continuous process. We need to keep learning new skills and acquire new knowledge in order to live and work more productively, effectively and efficiently. In a dynamic and ever-changing security environment, you can expect to have to continually update your skills and knowledge in order to adapt to even more complex situations,” he stated.

UK Defence Attaché to the Caribbean, Lieutenant Colonel Simon Westlake said: “In delivering this virtual programme, the UK continues to work with our Caribbean partners to collectively share experiences, to develop ways of thinking and of working together to better tackle contemporary security challenges that threaten lives and livelihoods…

“The virtual programmes reflect the UK’s continuing desire to collaborate with Caribbean partners, despite the challenges presented by COVID.”

The programme, which was funded by the UK Ministry of Defence, was held on March 11 and 12. It offered insight into topics such as Leadership Models and Ethics; The Strategic Context; Critical Decision Making; Strategy Development and The Challenge of Change and Communication.