Strategy And Leadership Go Hand In Hand

Strategy And Leadership Go Hand In Hand

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.

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Building Integrity For Senior Law Enforcement Officials

Building Integrity For Senior Law Enforcement Officials

Building Integrity For Senior Law Enforcement Officials

Regional Security System | Thursday, March 18, 2021

Participants of the Building Integrity for Senior Leadership course which was hosted by the Regional Security System Training Institute, in collaboration with the United Kingdom Defence Academy. (Photo: RSS)

A good leader must have, among other qualities, personal integrity, and this may be the most critical facet of their character.

This was the view of Executive Director of the Regional Security System (RSS), Captain (N) Errington Shurland, as he delivered an address at a closing ceremony for the Building Integrity for Senior Leadership course which was hosted by the RSS Training Institute, in collaboration with the United Kingdom Defence Academy, for 34 law enforcement officials from across RSS Member States.

Captain Shurland said that while many great leaders have said “integrity is doing the right thing when no one is looking”, he believes that two important components of integrity are adherence to a moral or ethical principle and pursuit of an undiminished state or condition.

He added that integrity required persons to look within themselves and forego self-righteous declaration.

“Everyone makes mistakes, so being a person of integrity doesn’t mean you haven’t committed a moral or ethical violation ever. What it means though, is having the strength of character to learn from those misbehaviours and to seek continual self-improvement…

“So before we can even embrace the notion of integrity, we need to develop the ability to logically wrestle with the urge to rationalise our underlying faults and related consequences,” the RSS head asserted.

Captain Shurland declared that his integrity today is as a result of valuable lessons learnt and noted that it was necessary for a leader of any organization to set the tone for others.

These sentiments were also shared by the Director of Policing and Risk Management at the RSS, Major Kerry Waterman, during his remarks.

Emphasising that while it was the responsibility of leaders to ensure that staff within their organisations upheld its values, Major Waterman pointed out that the onus was also on them to set the right example.

He maintained that leaders must sustain the highest standards of professionalism and uphold the ethics and standards that are required from subordinates and colleagues.

“As the Director of Policing and Risk Management, I work closely with the Director of Training in the designing of the policing standards. It is important that when the RSS deploys in whatever capacity, from humanitarian assistance, disaster response to peace-keeping missions, that our troops are aware of the standards expected of them, and are trained and given the tools to do such,” Major Waterman stated.

The two-day programme focused on topics such as Strategy; Public Financial Management; Fraud and Risk Management and Corruption Risks in Complex Security Environments.

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