Re: leaderhip model, you follow all order that aren’t manifestly unlawful. Full stop. I am not required to explain my decisions to a sub - they are required to follow my lawful orders.
Leadership styles are important but not required to issue lawful commands and expect they be followed.
I will agree with you on principle, however, the two statements you make are contradictory in the majority of CAF garrison life.
I agree wholeheartedly that in matters of battle and operations this is a non starter. That is what will keep everyone alive and ready to fight another day.
"Because I said so" in garrison is a far more finicky topic. "I know you just got here, but you're posted to Shilo this year.... BISS." "I don't care if it's your daughter thar your wife is giving birth to, you're going to Wainwright...BISS." "I don't care if it's the career course you need for promotion, I can't spare you for PLQ. BISS."
^ That will not fly with most Gen Z recruits. You know why? They have ZERO loyalty to anything but themselves. They are confident. They are well versed in what skills they're bringing to the workforce. They know that we need them more than they need us.
Does that flip 160 years of Canadian Army culture and philosophy on its head? You're damn right. I have had to explain the "why" to a lot of younger folks in the past 5 years than I ever have asked myself in 16. You know what I find fascinating? Once they have a solid reason for doing something a certain way, they fucking do it. And over again. And explain it to their friends. And it becomes normalized.
"Makes sense. OK." Is the response I get that affirms to me they understand both the intent and reason behind the order.
Understanding an order and it's intent is leadership manifest. I'm certain there are thousands of mobniks in Donetsk that are given lawful orders, but have no other understanding or motivation around what those orders mean.
Given a choice between blind obedience or taking a minute to give context and "win" influence over thinking soldiers; I'd take the latter.