Education/Leader Development

21-04 - Leader Development in Contact

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.

Building Cohesive and Adaptive Teams

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.

Building Cohesive Teams

21-14_Building_Cohesive_Teams_cover_thumbnail_web.jpg 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.

Commander's Handbook for Unit Leader Development

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.

Counterproductive Leadership Resources

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).

FM 6-22 Developing Leaders

FM 6-22 “Developing Leaders” replaces 2015’s “Leader Development,” and places more emphasis on the active process of teaching, training, coaching, mentoring, study, and learning (the “how-to”) for developing Army leaders. It also formalizes DA Form 7906 as the Individual Development Plan.

Interactive Leader Development Guide

The Interactive Leader Development Guide was created to support self-development as a leader in two ways: 1) To guide an individual through the process of identifying activities that will help with professional growth, development, and continuous learning. 2) To provide access to a searchable database of learning resources, available for use whether or not one completes the steps in the guide.

Leader Self-Development Tool

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.


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