What is your leadership philosophy? How will your philosophy help you and your team?

These are some of the many questions U.S. Army Garrison Fort Leonard Wood aims to help supervisors answer with their new Supervisory Leadership Course being offered to Department of the Army civilians across the installation.

It's important for the students to not only learn about themselves, but also those they work with, according to Vince Carlton, USAG Fort Leonard Wood Work Force Development specialist and course instructor.

The course touches on areas of leadership, such as emotional intelligence, the Meyers-Briggs assessment, "The Leadership Challenge" and "Crucial Conversations" books, additional personality assessments and more.

"The whole premise behind the course is to help people build a leadership philosophy," Carlton said. "We want to provide those tools that will help them create their leadership philosophy, share it with their workforce and then put that philosophy into action."

He cited the results of the Office of Personnel Management surveys and a 20-year study completed by the Merit Protection Board, showing a "disconnect" between supervisors and employees as the main reason this specific course was developed.

"We're trying to (fix the disconnect) by building leadership skills and getting more leaders involved with their employees," Carlton said. "We developed a local course that we can get people into quickly and pique their interest in areas of leadership that maybe they haven't been involved in or associated with."

Janet O'Brien, Directorate of Human Resources Military Personnel Division supervisory human resources specialist, said she has learned many valuable tools to help her develop and be more confident in her leadership style.

"(The class) has opened my eyes and given me new thought processes -- stuff to work through and work with," she said. "This has helped me grow and learn so many tools to help with supervising people, and I look forward to using those tools. I think every supervisor should take this course even if they have been a supervisor for a while."

According to Carlton, courses offered by the Garrison's Work Force Development Office are open to Department of Defense civilians in all commands and tenant organizations. This first week-long class graduated Aug. 3. The next Supervisory Leadership Course is scheduled for October.

For a list of additional upcoming courses or to register, email Carlton at vincent.d.carlton.civ@mail.mil.

"The second class is going to be even better with the feedback we received from this class and their suggestions," Carlton said.