President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that optimism, self-belief, and confidence in yourself and those in your teams will be at the heart of your success.
He emphasized that a person will not be able to succeed without the support of others no matter how capable or skilled they are as individuals.
The President pointed out that setbacks are part of the journey and the leader should be able to face them successfully and make bold decisions.
He made these remarks yesterday (19) while participating at the 96th Commissioning Parade of the Sri Lanka Military Academy in Diyatalawa.
“Someday, one of you may even become the Commander of the Army and be responsible for the entire organisation and all the people in it. As you start on this journey, you must understand that the soldiers under your command are ordinary people, and not supermen. It is your responsibility to ensure that you get outstanding results from such normal people,” he added.
President Rajapaksa upon arrival, paid floral tribute to the fallen heroes at the Monument of Peace and observed the Commissioning Parade and also planted a sapling to mark his participation.
A total of 316 officer cadets from Intake 5 passed out yesterday.
Principal Advisor to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Defence Secretary General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army General Shavendra Silva and other senior Army officers were also present.