Military launches framework to boost leadership qualities

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By JACKLYN SIRIASTHE Defence Force has launched a leadership framework to enhance the coaching, training and mentoring of officers.
Commander Brigadier-General Gilbert Toropo said during the launching of the Kumul leadership framework at Sogeri, in Central, yesterday that it had been his plan since 2014 to develop and foster strong leadership in all ranks of the military.
“We need to do this to grow the organisation and to execute our mission to defend PNG, its people and interests to the highest standard,” Toropo said.
“The framework is a group of behavior statements which will form the backbone of leadership development in the PNGDF.”
The package is a model specially written and designed by a
Lieutenant-Colonel Dickers Esso, assisted by the New Zealand Defence Force.
Toropo said it was founded firmly on their values and described the behaviors that every leader in the PNGDF needed to demonstrate to operate well and lead well.
He said that in 2015, senior officers in the defence force agreed to adopt a leadership framework.
“We all signed the Laloki Declaration, a foundation document committing senior leadership to doing this,” he said.