Leadership Development: A Supervisory Responsibility
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL
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The responsibility of developing subordinates rests with individual leaders and supervisors. This is a recurring theme found throughout leadership literature and speeches. The US Air Force clearly establishes subordinate development as a supervisory responsibility in top-level doctrine. However, in supporting doctrine and implementing guidance the intent of this top-level doctrine is not well implemented. The Air Force has tried to require supervisors to develop their subordinates by building an Air Force Mentoring Program. This program has been inconsistently implemented, and lacks a mechanism to hold supervisors accountable. As a result, subordinate development has not been a high priority with many officers. There is a tremendous need to redefine the Air Force supervisors role in leadership development. Air Force leadership is revolutionizing leadership development through the Developing Aerospace Leadership DAL Program. DAL is based on the achievement of specific competencies associated with each assignment or experience. Because of the competency-based nature of DAL, this program offers an ideal opportunity to ingrain the supervisors responsibility to develop subordinates into the very culture of the Air Force.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations