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What Makes a Good Commander?

Lt. Dan of the IDF (Photo: IDF)

Every young Israeli serves their country, spending multiple years in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). This service helps create the Israelis of tomorrow. The IDF's blog spoke to three commanders of different brigades to find out how they shape the young people who serve under them:

Being a commander and an officer was something natural for him to be. Lt. Dan explains with emotion and conviction the reasons why he wanted to give more to the IDF:

“A good commander is one who knows how to turn his soldiers into the best version of themselves,” he explains. “I’ve had extraordinary commanders who had a lot of influence on me and who’ve touched me emotionally, and I’ve seen how they’ve changed the lives of soldiers around me. I wanted to follow their example.

Some of his soldiers decided to follow his path, and are now officers too.

"It's very special to receive civilians, to mold them into soldiers, then fighters, and lastly, commanders. It's a very significant, full cycle,” exclaims Lt. Dan.

He goes on to explain the importance he places on the balance in his command tactics- between treating his troops as soldiers and human beings. "A good commander knows how to see his soldiers as people who have dreams and wounds- who’re human beings. Sometimes you have to know how to talk to your soldiers, not as a commander with a rank, but as a human who can also understand them..."

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