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Leader Development: What the Army Can Learn from Collegiate Coaches While Embracing Doctrine and the Art of Coaching
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This study examined the techniques employed by collegiate football head coaches in the development of their assistants and staff to find out how they influence leader development in the athletics arena. By conducting a comparison of Army doctrinal competencies and coaching competencies, the paper will seek to identify the key differences and common practices of the Army commander and the head football coach. Within any organization, leader development is essential for success. This statement is especially true for organizations that are complex and have a unique culture. Both the U.S. Army and collegiate football are such organizations. Though current doctrine clearly identifies what the Army must do on a macro level regarding leader development, it lacks specifics when dealing with staff development. Utilizing the techniques developed by collegiate head coaches to develop their staff, the Army can gain resources to support its efforts in developing its own staff.
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