Training Adaptable Leaders: Lessons from Research and Practice
Final rept. Sep 2003-Oct 2005
PERSONNEL DECISIONS RESEARCH INST INC ARLINGTON VA
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In the post 911 environment and the subsequent Global War on Terrorism, the need for adaptable leaders in the military is increasingly apparent. The development of adaptive leaders has become a high priority for the Army however, current research and practice related to adaptability is still in its infancy. The purpose of this paper is to summarize current theory and research related to developing adaptable leaders. A discussion of the importance of adaptability in the Armys leadership is presented followed by an exploration of the concept of adaptability. Next, characteristics of adaptable leaders are reviewed along a continuum of trainability. The core of this paper addresses training adaptability in terms of institutional, operational, and self-development interventions. Within each of these areas, practical guidance is provided for designing effective training and development programs, and a summary of areas for future research is presented.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations