Organizations are constantly looking to become more agile and streamlined. Each organization would love to be the one exploiting every opportunity that presents itself. Executive leaders would prefer to focus on the far out plan rather than worry about the short term issues. There’s a way to accomplish all of this, it’s through Mission Command. Mission Command is the ability to decentralize control and simultaneously empower the whole organization to work in achieving the mission. Mission Command is the philosophy that every person will help the organization to accomplish its goals by taking initiative in their respective lanes through a clearly communicated vision and intent.
Mission Command is not an excuse to get things off your plate and onto the plate of others to make things easier for you. Mission Command requires a great deal of background work and development of your whole team before you can implement it. It’s based off of mutual trust: that the people on your team will use their ingenuity and initiative to solve the problems in their lane, in a manner that’ll be beneficial to the overall vision, and that you’ll empower them and trust them to do so. This way of doing business focusses on “what” has to happen and “why,” leaving the “how” up to the people doing the job. Mission Command, when used correctly, will greatly enhance an organizations effectiveness if growth, timeliness and tenacity are things your organization values.
The philosophy of Mission Command follows certain principles, which are:
Getting Mission Command right is not easy. A lot of people try to incorporate it but usually only do a quasi mix of Mission Command and Centralized Command (where everything is dictated by the leader). Mission Command requires a strong organization from the bottom to the top and requires everyone have a leadership and initiative based mind set, some would say entrepreneurial. This way of running an organization will keep it very dynamic, will foster growth, and will help promote leadership within the organization.
Mission Command Training can be found at Leader School. Visit www.leaderschool.ca to learn more.
Biren Bandara, BSc, CD
Founder and CEO