GAF begins leadership psychology training

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) has begun a week-long capacity building training on Leadership Psychology at the military training school at Fajara barracks.

The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst (RMAS) is conducting training intending to improve leadership qualities and skills of officers and their capability to professionally carry out their functions.

Gambia’s army chief Lieutenant General Masanneh Kinteh said at the commencement of the training that one of his key reform agendas for GAF is to increase the capacity of officers, saying, “My focus is concentrated on developing the professional mind-frame of members of the Armed Forces by redirecting their thoughts on their roles in a democratic dispensation. This could not have come at a better time than now,” he said.

Chief of defence staff Kinteh said he has a philosophy that “we” cannot achieve our reforms in the absence of capacity building. He said in as much as “we” are offering continuous training for men and women of the armed forces, it is important that the officers under who’s directives and command the troops are, receives proper training.

He said the advent of the new Gambia has given the armed forces a new beginning to equip its leadership with the right knowledge and skills.

Commander of the military training school Paul S. Gomez said leadership in any organisation plays pivotal role in the achievement of organisational goals and objectives, saying GAF is not and exception to that role. “The training will greatly impact knowledge and skills on the participants and will expose them to various leadership theories.”

Professor retired Colonel Ronnie McCourt dwelled on the importance of the training, saying the officers will be engaged in series of exercises which will help reveal the interesting development of psychology to them. 

Author: Momodou Jawo