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Follow the Leader: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Commander in the IDF

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Some people are natural-born leaders, but it takes hard work and dedication to make a positive impact. In the IDF, soldiers have the option to enroll in a course that allows them to lead a group of soldiers and acquire new responsibilities.

The IDF encourages soldiers to take responsibility and to perform each of their tasks in the best manner possible. This is one of the reasons the IDF remains a professional institution that enriches young people and gives them the tools to succeed not only in their military service, but also in their civilian lives.

The IDF Officer’s Course provides soldiers with many skills that help them become strong and dedicated leaders. Throughout the course, soldiers go through a series of lessons that give them a sense of what it takes to be a good leader. “The important thing is to understand that there is no formula,” says Lt. Ivan T, one of the soldiers who will complete his course today.


By the age of eighteen, Lt. Ivan had already lead a youth movement and run a small company. Although it is not his first time leading a group, he explains that the IDF is a different experience.

“Being an officer in the IDF requires commitment and professionalism. A good leader must know where everything stands. You have to know your job, what it means and what it requires of you. You can’t always know everything yourself, and it is important to learn where to look for the answers. If your soldier asks you a question, you should know the answer.”

IDF Officers

“Additionally, it is essential to teach them to become independent. This way, they can continue working even if their commander is not around. My job includes giving them good feedback, but also correcting their mistakes so that they can do better the next time.”

“As an IDF officer, you have to set a personal example for your soldiers. A good leader must fulfill his promises, listen to others, and always be honest. You have to take responsibility for yourself and for others, because as an IDF officer, you are responsible for the life and actions of each of your soldiers.”

“Each and every one of the soldiers in the IDF is important. Being a leader means having an attitude that inspires the people around you.”

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