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CIOR's YROW and NRFC lunch

Junior Reserve Officers from 14 countries discussed leadership styles and challenges with three senior NATO National Reserve Forces Council (NRFC) Officers.

Learning from more experienced leaders is of immeasurable value to a Junior Reserve Officer. As part of CIOR's Young Reserve Officers Workshop (YROW), 62 Junior Reserve Officers from 14 countries discussed leadership styles and challenges with three senior NATO National Reserve Forces Council (NRFC) Officers. YROW is part of the CIOR's Summer Congress currently taking place in Fulda, Germany. The workshop is an interactive multinational forum composed of briefings, syndicate work, and panel discussions, as well as hands-on simulations. Presenters include senior officers, subject-matter experts, professionals, specialists and peers. The focal pillars of the YROW program are topics surrounding leadership issues, NATO structure, LOAC and the Symposium.

This year’s panel comprised of three NRFC Heads of Delegation from Germany, Australia and the UK. Each member offered his personal leadership philosophy before engaging in a question-answer period with the Junior Officers. The topics covered a breadth of information painting a complete and comprehensive picture of the vast complexity of leadership in the military. The first speaker, Major General Werner Weisenburger, head of the Armed Forces Office, explained the German concepts of the Citizen Soldier. Australian Head of Delegation, Major General Iain Spence, quoted Ancient Greek theories and applied them in the context of current leadership challenges. The panel’s final speaker, Major General John Crackett , the British head of delegation , concluded the presentations by offering insights from his dual career as a business executive and a reservist.

The session was followed by an informal lunch in which the heads of delegation had the opportunity to further interact with their junior officers.




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