TRADOC program invests in strategic-thinking civilians
December 12, 2011
FORT EUSTIS, Va., -- The next generation of Army Civilian leaders graduated from the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Senior Leader Development Program during a ceremony at TRADOC Headquarters Dec. 9.
Lt. Gen. John Sterling, TRADOC deputy commander, emphasized the importance of developing civilian leadership while congratulating the graduates during his remarks.
"Leadership is not something that people are born with and others not, leadership is a trait that can be developed in all of us," said Sterling. "It is our obligation to develop those that work for us so they can become leaders as well."
Leadership development is a TRADOC priority and an important cornerstone to building the Army of 2020.
The two-year SLD program is designed to develop GS-14/15 civilian leaders through accelerated executive training, education, and experimental assignments. This program also develops the civilians' ability to think strategically, strengthen their leadership skills and prepare themselves for positions of greater responsibility.
Sterling encourages senior leaders to identify members of their civilian workforce who would benefit from developmental opportunities such as the SLD program.
During the ceremony each graduate spoke about their experiences and the lessons they learned about leadership development.
"TRADOC has made a huge investment in us, and now it is our turn to pay that forward and to continue to challenge ourselves with competitive assignments as well as stepping outside of the box to be more innovative with the obstacles ahead," said Barbara Melton, a graduate from TRADOC Headquarters.
The civilians participated in other educational opportunities during the program such as Harvard University for Senior Executive Fellows, the Brookings Executive Institute, and senior-level professional military education at the National Defense University.
The recent graduates of the Senior Leadership Develop program included:
James Fink, Intelligence Center of Excellence;
Paul Krawiec, TRADOC Headquarters;
Barbara Melton, TRADOC Headquarters;
John Plifka, TRADOC Headquarters;
Helen Remily, Combined Arms Center, Army Training Support Center;
Michael Swisher, Army Accessions Command Headquarters.
For more information on the Senior Leadership Development program, contact the Civilian Human Resources directorate, (757) 501-6815.