Great leadership begins with leaders that have a good strong moral and ethical character. Moral and ethical values determine what is right and gives us motivation to do what is appropriate. The Army Values represent a common understanding of the principles and standards important for individual and unit success in the Army. 2 Leaders that adhere to the Army Values have the tools to make sound decisions when put in difficult situations. Leaders with good moral and ethical character develop and lead their subordinates to do the same. Leaders that do not live the Army Values and have a bad character tolerate behaviors that may disrupt the good order of an organization.
Living the Army Values and developing one’s character requires self-discipline. Discipline is a mindset and means doing the right thing at the individual level.3 Disciplined leaders do what is required and continue to develop their character by living the Army Values and seeking self-improvement. Strong leaders encourage