University Leadership Course Debuts at Fort Knox, Kentucky
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FORT KNOX, KENTUCKY (July 16, 2015 --A pilot leadership development course began today for 10 senior Army Recruiting Command civilian employees at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

The two-month course meets each Wednesday through August and includes civilians from Human Resources Command.

Developed to meet specific needs of the two commands, it includes classes on "Developing High Performance Work Teams," "Maximizing Leadership Effectiveness and Efficiency," and "Extraordinary Problem Solving."

"We see this as an investment in you and the organization … and we have high expectations," said Col. Brian Bassett, chief of staff for USAREC, to the class the first day.

"We have all kinds of military educations programs for Soldiers, those who wear uniform, but don't have much in the way of developing senior staff members. We realize we have to give you the training experience that we need for you to continue to advance. So our investment in you is making you one of those future leaders in the organization. … There's a lot of work for you to do when you get back."

The goal of the course developed and taught by instructors from the University of Louisville is twofold: help civilians with Individual Development Plans (IDPs) and improve organization output and mission accomplishment.

Each student will be assigned a specific project to help meet their command's goals.

Student feedback will be used to improve future class curriculums, said Renee Finnegan, executive director of the university's Military Initiative Office.

"Courses are tailored to meet the needs of the organization," she said Finnegan. "The commands picked the types of courses they wanted but they can be tweaked based on the feedback we receive."

Based on the outcome, USAREC hopes to set up a recurring schedule for the course.

Related Links:

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Recruiter Journal web magazine