The National Guard in the framework of the training of its staff organized, in cooperation with the University of Nicosia, a Workshop on "Command and Leadership" at the closed amphitheater of the University of Nicosia on Tuesday 18th of December 2018.
Lecturers at the conference were Dr. Konstantinos Adamidis, Assistant Professor and Director of the Diplomatic Academy of the University of Nicosia, Mr. Amos Harel, journalist and expert on military matters related to Israel, Brigadier General (ret) Abraham Efrati and Colonel John Jacob Neal of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch, Germany.
During the workshop, the military challenges face the military leadership during an asymmetric war as well as the difficulties caused by the exercise of command in the respective war, were analyzed through historical examples, and also ways of tackling and surviving in this complex environment, involving factors such as the use of the internet and social media, were proposed.
The meeting was attended by the Minister of Defense, the leadership of NGGS, a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the President of the Council of the University of Nicosia, the Commanders of Formations and Commands of NG, foreign Defense Attachés, members of the academic community, representatives of the Police and the Fire Brigade Services as well as executive representations.
In his address, during the opening of the workshop, the Minister of Defense, Mr. Savvas Angelides, after reviewing the international literature on the various approaches of the notifying features that characterize, according to prominent personalities of both the past and today, the Leader, mentioned the fundamental questions that every Commander, who aspires to leave his positive stance to the organization he leads, should be concerned.
He underlined the fact that NG must create leaders able to cope with the modern digital and rapidly changing environment and manage appropriately the numerous of incoming information, driving finally his subordinates into achieving the goals and ultimately their mission.
He focused on the fact that despite the influence that new military technologies can bring to the balance of power, the psychology and the management of the feelings of the subordinates should be a priority of modern leaders.
Closing and wishing for the forthcoming Holiday Season, he thanked the rapporteurs for their willingness to share their experiences with the attendees and congratulated the staff as well as the contributors in any way to the organization of the workshop.
The Chief of National Guard Lieutenant General Ilias Leontaris, mentioned the fact that despite the technological developments, which inevitably go into the field of Command and Leadership, all those who have the responsibility and the privilege of having a small or large number of people under their command, should focus primarily on its core that is no other than the human itself.
Continuing he set as a precondition for the success of a Leader - Commander to engage in and devote time to the staff under his direction in order to get to know him better and to listen to his peculiarities and thereby to achieve his efficient use for the benefit of the whole organization.
He stressed the importance of the cooperation between NG and the University of Nicosia, which began last year and since then has been sustained and expanding steadily, proposing the organization of an informational seminar focusing on Command and Leadership, in annual bases.
Finally, he thanked both the University of Nicosia for hosting and the speakers for their contributions.
At the end of the meeting, the Head of the NGGS provided commemorative plaques to the rapporteurs and also to the President of the Council of the University of Nicosia.