Edition: Tue, September 25, 2007
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Accelerating Leader Development

What is it? Accelerating and revising Leader Development is a component of Transformation, one of four Army imperatives established by the Army Chief of Staff, requiring further emphasis or an adjustment in priorities to improve readiness across the Army and ensure we are ready for the future. The Army is taking multiple steps to accelerate and improve programs that fully support development of leaders with an offensive mindset for an expeditionary Army during a time of persistent conflict, focused on winning our nation's wars.

What has the Army done? Gen. George W. Casey, Jr. shortly after becoming the Army Chief of Staff in April 2007, spent his first 100 days assessing the state of the Army. His transition team identified the need to accelerate leader development at all levels. A working group was formed and co-chaired by TRADOC Commanding General, Gen. William S. Wallace and Deputy Undersecretary of the Army Thomas E. Kelly III. To date, the working group has identified six major objectives and 21 key actions that, when implemented, will speed the development of multi-skilled, adaptive, innovative, and culturally-aware leaders, both military and civilian, at every level, needed to lead units and provide support.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? A number of the key actions recommended by the working group are being implemented. The Army is developing a Wellness Assessment and Education Program for all cohorts to help leaders stay fit to lead the fight. In addition, the Army is implementing a Multi-Source Assessment and Feedback Program to facilitate immediate and long-term leader development for all Army leaders by using teammates' input to identify and address strengths and weaknesses. The Army also recently established the U.S. Army Ethics Center of Excellence at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The center will add breadth and depth to ethics and values training to reinforce Soldiers' decision-making skills as they confront a growing number of "gray-area" situations due to today's operating environment. Also Secretary of the Army Pete Geren will formally assume the role of Civilian Corps Champion and designate Mr. Kelly as his representative to advocate for the transformation and expedite the Civilian Corps Enterprise System. Plans call for the Army to introduce and implement the remaining initiatives throughout fiscal year 2008 and beyond as programs are developed and funding comes available.

Why is this important to the Army? The changing global operational environment in which our leaders operate now - and in the future -- is rapidly changing. It will continue to become more complex, more uncertain, and much more challenging. The change demands that the Army, and the nation, continue to invest in the development of well-trained, multi skilled, innovative and adaptive leaders, capable of operating across the spectrum of conflict.


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