Tuesday November 15, 2011
What is it?
The Center for Army Leadership Annual Survey of Army Leadership (CASAL) will soon release its 2011 survey. This comprehensive survey will help assess the state of Army leadership and leader development. More specifically, CASAL - under direction from TRADOC - assesses Army leader attitudes and tracks trends in leader development, indicators of the quality of leadership and the contribution of leadership to mission accomplishment.
More than 22,000 uniformed leaders in the active and reserve components, along with more than 6,000 Department of the Army civilian leaders, participated in the 2010 CASAL. The results provided valuable information for senior Army leaders to use in decision-making and development of policy.
What has the Army done?
CASAL has been conducted since 2005, and results have been briefed to the chief of staff of the Army, as well as to leaders at forums such as the Commandant/Director of Training Conference, Prepare the Army Forum and Army Training Leader Development Conference. Survey results have also been published to Defense Technical Information Center Online, and a summary of last year's findings was recently provided to last year's survey participants. CASAL findings have contributed to improvements in Field Manual 6-22 (Army Leadership), the Multi-Source Assessment and Feedback 360 program, and the new Commander Assessment Tool, as well as in other areas.
Why is it important to the Army?
Findings from the 2010 CASAL provide the Army with insights into leadership and leader development issues within today's Army.
Along with the CASAL, the Combined Arms Center's Center for Army Leadership conducts leadership and leader development research, studies, analysis and assessment and evaluation. The center also provides Army leadership and leader development doctrine, products and services, develops and maintains the Army Leader Development Strategy, and manages the Army Leader Development Program.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The survey will be revised regularly to address relevant Army issues and to identify optimal leader development approaches and the results will be shared in innovative ways.
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"We must continue to adapt our leader development programs in order to develop broad, adaptable and thoughtful leaders. We must challenge our leaders to think creatively, take prudent risk, and more importantly, provide them the confidence of our support. They deserve nothing less!"
- Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, emphasizing that Army leadership is one of the most important priorities for the Army, during the 2011 AUSA Eisenhower Luncheon.
"Resiliency is not something you pick up. Resiliency is not something you pull out of your pocket. It's something you have to work on every day. It's about how you deal with life."
-Col. Gregory D. Gadson, director of the Army Wounded Warrior program, speaks about resiliency and lessons learned since losing most of both legs to a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2007, to attendees of the monthly IMCOM Headquarters Leadership Development Program, Oct 31.
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