Values, Principles and Expectations Matrix

Values Ethical Principles Professional Expectations
- Respect the Dignity of All Persons Serve Canada Before Self Obey and Support Lawful Authority Duty Accepting Unlimited Liability Fighting Spirit Leadership Discipline Teamwork Readiness Stewardship


Prioritize others’ well-being and safety.

Safeguard personal information received in confidence.

Always give your best effort for the team.

Inform superiors of all pertinent information that assists in their decision-making. Be part of the solution when unpopular orders are necessary.

Be fully committed to achieving the assigned task or mission.

Take initiative to add value within the commander’s intent.

Without fail give your all to the team, especially in the face of danger.

Never quit nor give up on your team. Never leave anyone behind.

Treat your subordinates fairly and assign work equitably.

Recognize your subordinate’s achievements and give praise and constructive criticism accordingly.

Be loyal to the team and hold each other accountable to professional standards.

Act decisively in matters of discipline.

Foster a team environment where members look out for each other.

Share credit where it is due.

Maintain healthy relationships both at home and in the workplace.

Establish a healthy work-life balance, even during demanding high-readiness preparations.

Make sure your chain of command is aware of any issues that may impact your conduct and performance.

Give subordinates time to address personal issues.


Always treat every member of your team with dignity.

Never put personal interests ahead of accomplishing the mission. Put your team's welfare above your own.

Execute lawful orders and commands to the best of your ability and help others to do the same.

Consistently perform your duty with initiative, accept responsibility and work with dedication.

Share in your team’s hardships and danger.

Admit failures and weaknesses and learn from them as they help build character.

Have the humility to ask for help when needed, but never fail for lack of trying.

Know yourself so that your bias does not affect your judgement of others.

Stay true to who you are and be a better version of yourself every day.

Have the self-discipline to conduct yourself in a manner that brings credit to the CAF. Enforce high standards of collective discipline within your teams.

Be honest and transparent when making decisions and taking action.

Keep the well-being of your team at the forefront.

Actively maintain trust within the team.

Know your subordinates well and look after their welfare.

Keep an eye out for indicators of stress which decrease personal and team performance.

Set realistic goals that will not unduly jeopardize resources.

Maintain your personal life so as not to negatively impact the performance of duty.


Intervene when the dignity of a person is threatened by anyone in the team.

Do what is best for the mission and your team despite any personal consequences.

Accept the risks that come with accomplishing the mission.

Have the courage to report manifestly unlawful orders to higher authorities.

Execute lawful orders and commands in spite of any inherent risk or danger.

Accept the hardships of military service.

Complete tasks and missions to the best of your ability even when there are dangers, obstacles or adversities.

Have the courage to overcome adversity.

Set the example so others will follow you, even into danger.

Have the courage to request honest feedback from your subordinates and the humility to listen to their comments on your character and performance. Lead from the front and share in the risks with your subordinates.

Report breaches of discipline promptly regardless of the ranks involved.

Share in the team’s hardships. Encourage team members to ask for help, and also accept help when it is offered.

Identify and correct pre-conceived notions or biases which may adversely affect team performance.

Demand the highest standards possible to maximize collective performance.

Demand the necessary resources to achieve the assigned task, even if they are not initially provided.


Provide others with opportunities to reach their potential.

Foster a respectful and supportive work environment.

Anticipate challenges and prepare yourself professionally and personally to excel at your job.

Know well and follow applicable policies, orders and regulations.

Promote a habit of conscientious obedience.

Complete your work to the highest professional standards.

Prepare yourself physically and mentally for adversity by training for the worst possible conditions and situations.

Train in realistic scenarios to overcome significant obstacles and develop the physical, mental and moral resilience necessary to excel.

Develop strength of character by committing to a principled approach every day.

Pursue mentoring and coaching opportunities to be a better leader.

Exemplify self-discipline and help build it in others.

Consistently work towards the highest standards of conduct and performance.

Leverage the team member’s individual skills and knowledge to help accomplish the mission. Encourage team members to achieve professional and personal competence.

Share lived experience with the team to enhance mutual respect and understanding.

Pursue the highest individual and collective professional standards.

Take a personal investment in the Profession of Arms as if you owned it; because you do. Always plan for the future health and effectiveness of the Profession of Arms.


Respect and seek the unique talents and perspectives of others within the team.

Maximize the advantages of diversity to the mission by soliciting input from everyone. Support the needs of diverse subordinates.

Make sure that policies, orders and regulations allow for the expression of unique identities.

Encourage an atmosphere where all feel empowered to support the chain of command with their diverse perspectives and talent.

Capitalize on everyone's potential.

Learn from others’ rich life experiences.

Prepare subordinates equitably for the task at hand, sharing knowledge and resources, and by mitigating risks.

Do not let personal bias determine the allocation of tasks.

Motivate the team, acknowledging their unique talents as being essential to success.

Get to know your subordinates and promote their welfare.

Take care of your subordinates and let them take care of you. Recognize and develop the leadership potential in every member of the team.

Purposefully maintain order, discipline and cohesion within the team.

Enforce discipline fairly within the team.

Give each team member the opportunity to contribute to the team goal.

Create a team climate where people are valued and feel they belong, and that generates trust, loyalty and cohesion.

Seek and establish trusting relationships with people who are different from you to help build group cohesion. Maximize the diverse perspectives within your team to enhance collective decision-making.

Ensure personnel policies are fair, equitable and in line with the CAF Ethos.


Correct others in a respectful manner, including superiors.

Do not let self-interest and personal gain influence your decision-making.

Follow orders and support lawful authority to achieve commander’s intent.

Never pass a fault. The fault you walk past and do not correct is the standard you accept.

Always correct errors in a respectful manner.

Be reliable and demonstrate initiative in the completion of your tasks.

Be responsible for your actions and inactions.

Accept the possibility that you may be put in harm’s way, including risk to life and limb.

Accept the moral responsibility when ordering someone into harm’s way, including risk to life and limb.

Never ask a subordinate to do something you are not willing to do yourself.

Give credit where it is due, and never take credit for others' work.

Create an atmosphere where team members hold each other respectfully to account. Admit when we fall short of professional standards and accept the opportunity to learn from mistakes.

Make certain everyone takes ownership and responsibility for their role in achieving team goals.

Attain and maintain high personal and collective standards. Encourage higher levels of physical and mental fitness and help others attain them.

Make efficient use of the resources assigned to you and your team.

Uphold the credibility of the Profession of Arms through professional conduct.

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