Saturday, July 26, 2014

Encouraging Stronger Leadership with the ALDS Program

Military training principles are often used in both the military and corporate world to varying degrees of success. They are intense programs designed to test the very nature and central identity of individuals. Lt. Colonel Beurskens discusses the nature and benefit of the 2013 Army Leader Development Strategy (ALDS) that develops critical and creative thinking that solves problems. 

ALDS uses training, experience, and education to create operational, institutional, and developmental spheres of leadership enhancement. Programs offer opportunities to blur the lines between these three spheres to develop something stronger. 

In 2010 the U.S. Army Combined Armed Center tested the success of the program to develop captains that have technical, tactical, knowledge, and skills to lead company size units and work within battalions and brigade staffs. 

They found that there is no substitute for a high quality leader in small group functions. Likewise, curriculum must be updated, relevant, and rigorous for the program to work well. The updating and alignment of technology to small group learning is important.

The programs are enhanced with knowledgeable instructors from diverse backgrounds, opportunities to social network, and time to recover, achieve, and rebalance after new milestones.  The components work together in a messy pathway of development to achieve their goals.

Whether one is working in the military or within the corporate center it is important to ensure that continuous improvement in training methods occur to foster the highest caliber of leaders.  People are cut from many different cloths and their development is often uniquely their own. Ensuring that the proper resources and structure are present fosters higher success rates.

 Beurkens, K. (2014) The Criticality of Captain’s Education. Military Review, 94 (2).

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