JOURNAL OF DEFENCE STUDIES

Aspects of Leadership: Ethics, Law and Spirituality by Carroll Connelley and Paolo Tripodi

Col Vivek Chadha (Retd) is a Research Fellow at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile
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  • July 2017
    Volume: 
    7
    Issue: 
    3
    Book Review

    Leadership and ethics have inseparable connect and have been an integral
    part of the discourse on leadership in general and military leadership
    in particular. This consistent focus on the subject for military men is a
    manifestation of the role and responsibility of the armed forces. In the
    Indian context, it is all the more important since the armed forces have
    had a visible and critical role in nation-building since independence.
    This role has extended from safeguarding the country from external
    threats to internal security challenges in countering insurgency and
    terrorism. The armed forces, as has been witnessed over the past few days
    in Uttarakhand, have also played a stellar role in disaster management.
    The reason ethics, law and spirituality remain critical for these varied
    endeavours of the armed forces is the need to display the qualities which
    behove of an organization that is considered the instrument of last resort
    for the country at most times. In this role, the conduct of the forces, their
    professionalism and selfless dedication to duty becomes a critical factor in
    the successful accomplishment of their assigned role.

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