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The Positive Command Climate
Duty, Honor, Company; West Point Fundamentals for Business Success, Gil Dorland and John Dorland, 1992
Duty Honor Company:
West Point Fundamentals for Business Success
, Gil Dorland and John Dorland
The [Positive Command Climate] program … details specific actions a leader can take to build a positive command climate. These concepts, noted in Manual of Common Tasks, are not altogether new; they are very similar to the leadership fundamentals that were ingrained in us as cadets.
1. Communicate a sense of vision or focus.
2. Maintain a proper focus in all training activities.
3. Establish high, attainable, clearly understood standards.
4. Encourage competition against standards rather than each other.
5. Allow subordinates the freedom to exercise initiative.
6. Establish accountability at the proper level.
7. Show confidence in subordinates.
8. Encourage and reward prudent risk taking.
9. Achieve high performance through positive motivation and rewards.
10. Underwrite honest mistakes.
11. Share decision making with subordinates when appropriate.
12. Give clear missions and indicate where subordinates have discretion and where they do not.
13. Listen to your subordinates and seek their ideas.
14. Demonstrate concern about the welfare of subordinates.
15. Establish and model high standards.
16. Practice what you preach.