Handbook cover
Graphic representation of the cover of the Leadership Transition Handbook

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (Army News Service, Nov. 21, 2008) -- The Combined Arms Center and Center for Army Leadership at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., has released a new handbook aimed at formalizing procedures for one of the most difficult periods any leader might encounter - transitioning into a new position of leadership.

The Leadership Transitions Handbook provides leaders at all experience levels a systematic approach to transitioning into a new position , according to officials at the Center for Army Leadership . They said the book provides an approach that can be tailored to meet the needs of both new and experienced leaders.

"The challenges of leadership are often greatest when there is a leadership transition, resulting in a shift in roles and responsibilities," said Col. Bruce J. Reider, director of the Center for Army Leadership. "While the Army transitions leaders with regularity, it has not formalized this significant event in its leader development process. It is imperative that leadership transitions occur efficiently and effectively particularly during this era of persistent conflict and high operations tempo."

Preparing to take command or to transition to any new position of responsibility is a natural progression for Army leaders and is something that has always been taken seriously by those designated for it, but there has not been a systematic or standard approach that is taught or used to guide young leaders during this period of transition.

Conducted properly, the transition period can lay the groundwork and provide a framework for action that helps minimize uncertainty and create the conditions for success, CAL officials said. Having a plan for the transition ensures leaders can maximize the opportunities and mitigate the challenges that arise during the process, they said, adding that the new Leadership Transitions Handbook will help to make these transitions more successful.

Sections in the Leadership Transitions Handbook include:

Aca,!Ac understanding yourself and the organization
Aca,!Ac conducting an initial assessment and building credibility
Aca,!Ac team building and establishing routines
Aca,!Ac sustaining organizational operations.

The Handbook is currently available at the Center for Army Leadership AKO Web site at https://www.us.army.mil/suite/page/376783, on LeaderNet at https://leadernet.bcks.army.mil/, and on the Combined Arms Center 's public access <a href="http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/cal/index.asp"target=_blank>CAL Web site.</a>

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