Accession Number:

ADA605317

Title:

Garrison Command Skills for Success

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA CENTER FOR STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2008-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

8.0

Abstract:

At the time of the publication of this article, the slate of garrison commanders who will assume leadership of installations in the summer of 2008 is well known. Incoming commanders are looking at calendars to coordinate attendance at precommand courses, completing requirements of their current positions, and preparing for the upcoming assumptions of command. In the summer 2007 issue of the Journal of Installation Management, I suggested that garrison commanders have the unique responsibility of leading at several levels direct, organizational, and strategic and so require an equally unique skill set.1 The garrison commanders tasks are to clearly state the importance of mission, then establish the vision, build the team, and execute the strategy. The recently released Field Manual FM 6-22 Army Leadership 2 carries as its by-line the desired attributes of the leader as Competent, Confident and Agile. These attributes apply to the leaders of garrisons, as well. The field manual also lists several sets of competencies grouped under the titles of lead, develop and achieve. The question a new garrison commander might ask is, What skills are needed to lead the organization and develop the capacities to achieve the mission in support of the agencies and activities that depend on it To address this question, one can go to several sources. Naturally, I started with materials from our U.S. Army War College USAWC curriculum and focused on what is taught in our Strategic Leadership course. Then I looked in detail at our leadership doctrine as captured in FM 6-22. I also contacted a small group of installation management professionals, both uniformed and civilian, that included experienced garrison commanders, a garrison command sergeant major, senior staff members at the lieutenant colonel- and colonel-level commands, and an Installation Management Command IMCOM region director.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE