Army Transformation Leadership - A Study of Core Competencies for Civilian Leadership
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The U.S. Army is undergoing a substantial departure from its historical underpinnings to adapt and succeed in the emerging arena of asymmetric warfare i.e., migrating from a traditional heavy approach to an agile and responsive capability. Changes are not limited to equipment and doctrine, but are pervasive throughout all aspects of infrastructure and processes, including leadership. Army Transformation is outlined by the Department of Defense DoD April 2003 Transformation Planning Guidance and the subsequent 2004 Army Transformation Roadmap. One tenet of leadership transformation includes increased capability to develop and sustain innovation. This paper analyzes civilian leadership competencies and capabilities related to the current Army training environment and identifies leadership competencies and capabilities deemed crucial for civilian leadership transformation. A researchers-developed survey and interviews revealed noteworthy conclusions, including the following 1 Civilian and military personnel share a common view of core leadership competencies required for transformative change 2 Diversity of leadership experiences was widely regarded as a core leadership competency and is generally considered inadequate for civilian leadership and 3 Cultural differences between civilian and military leadership are narrowing, but momentum must be nourished and encouraged to affect positive and permanent leadership improvements for Army civilians.
- Administration and Management
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations