Air Force Lieutenants: An Analysis of Perceptions Surveyed during the Lieutenants Professional Development Program.
LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT CENTER MAXWELL AFB AL
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It is essential that Air Force lieutenants develop proper leadership and management skills early on in their careers so that they may meet the greater challenge inherent in their progression in rank and responsibility. This paper attempts to paint a picture of todays Air Force lieutenants using information and data derived from two sources the Leadership and Management Development Centers Lieutenants Professional Development Program and Organizational Assessment Package survey. The information and data show primarily that, among other things, lieutenants are perceived to be lacking good supervisory and managerial skills. Subordinates of lieutenants are experiencing many of the same problems as lieutenants themselves. Herein lies the valuable potential of the LPDP. This program is designed to help lieutenants, especially those who are supervisors, gain pragmatic insight into how to develop and fulfill their managerial skills and supervisory role. Since professional military education is generally offered at about the three year point, and then only to a small percentage, a program such as the LPDP is needed for this large segment of Air Force leadership. The data clearly indicate the need for additional training. Author
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