Developing Strategic Leader Competencies in Today's Junior Officer Corps
Strategy research project
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Operations over the last decade of war reveal the need to develop a broader set of competencies in junior Army officers and revamp a junior officer leader development model that fails to meet the expectations of junior officers or the needs of the future operating environment. This paper defines the future operating environment, identifies competencies required in junior officers for success in that environment, and makes recommendations for achieving this goal. Recommendations include a greater focus on interpersonal competencies specifically the ability to communicate, build consensus, conduct key leader engagements, and negotiate. Existing doctrine needs to clarify leader development responsibilities of unit commanders and place greater emphasis on interpersonal competencies in professional military education. The Army should provide more opportunities for advanced education, and resource a Masters level program on leadership that targets Army Captains prior to command.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations