In this handbook, leaders from the National Training Center (NTC) Operations Group examine the art of leadership, its application on the replicated NTC battlefield, and what some of the more successful rotational unit leaders do to build winning teams. Each chapter, written by a senior observer controller/trainer, covers the tactics, techniques, and procedures that have been demonstrated to be successful in a specific warfighting function. Leader Development in Contact will be a valuable addition to every leader's professional development toolkit.
A compilation of selected articles from Military Review, publications from the Combat Studies Institute, monographs from students at the Command and General Staff College, and other publications.
This aid is intended to help small-unit leaders build a cohesive and adaptable unit that is better prepared to overcome the challenges that will be encountered in the future operational environment. Small-unit leaders set the conditions that promote cohesion and enable adaptability. They must be receptive to constructive feedback and new ideas for improving the unit.
Cohesiveness is critical to high performing teams. Each member must understand their role in the team, know their responsibilities, and know that their teammates are also performing their duties. This handbook describes methods to build cohesive teams and provides indicators to measure performance. It incorporates the Army's "This is My Squad" initiative and is a good resource for leaders at all echelons.
Today’s fast-paced Army demands that a commander’s first priority is a trained and ready unit. Leader development makes a substantial contribution to a unit’s ability to train effectively and accomplish its mission. Yet commanders across the Army acknowledge the constant challenge to effectively implement unit leader development. This handbook is designed to provide commanders with an efficient and effective way to develop leaders.
Addressing issues that impact readiness is a priority for the Army and its senior leaders. The Army has identified toxic leadership as one issue that negatively impacts readiness. However, the term “toxic” has become a buzzword, and there is a lack of shared understanding about its meaning. Therefore, the Army coined the term “counterproductive leadership,” which is more comprehensive than the label of toxic leadership and emphasizes observable behaviors (versus leader intent).
The Leader Self-Development Tool is an online resource that offers users a platform to integrate and take action on their Project Athena assessments. Project Athena is a leader development program designed to provide feedback on leadership skills, capabilities and tendencies. This feedback promotes self-awareness, which if acted upon, can contribute to behavioral change and guide self-development. The Leader Self-Development Tool resources are searchable and accessible by subject area for anyone who is looking for self-improvement.