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U.S. Army and ACTE Present Third Online Seminar on Leadership for the 21st Century CTE Professional

Sep 29, 2014

The U.S. Army presented the third online seminar titled, “Leadership for the 21st Century CTE Professional by the U.S. Army” on August 26, 2014, as part of the ongoing career online seminar series with the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). Lieutenant Colonel Brian Williams, U.S. Army Cadet Command, discussed the Army’s leadership model and the process of creating Army leaders through the Army ROTC program. He also explained how many of the attributes learned and leadership skills developed in the Army translate to the Civilian workplace.

Leadership Defined
The Army defines leadership as a process that can be learned, monitored and improved. The levels and conditions of leadership are universal and can be applicable to other professions outside of the Army. The current ADRP 6-22 Army Leadership Requirements Models defines leadership attributes and competencies that a successful leader should possess and act upon.

“Leadership is the process of influencing people by providing purpose, direction, and motivation to accomplish the mission and improve the organization (ADP 6-22)." 

Leadership Attributes
According to the Leadership Model, there are three main attributes leaders, both in the Army and the workforce, should possess:

  • Character is a person’s moral and ethical beliefs, which give them the motivation to do what is appropriate regardless of the situation. Character consists of values, empathy, discipline and warrior/service ethos.
  • Presence is the impression that a leader makes on others and the ability to be competent. In the context of the CTE community, presence can be defined not just as attendance but also engagement. The attribute can be applied to the transition from the classroom to profession by having the ability to project presence and self-confidence to an employer. It is characterized by military bearing, fitness, confidence and resilience.
  • Intellect emphasizes mental agility and the ability to critically think and analyze your way through ambiguous situations. The intellect attribute is characterized by problem solving, sound judgment, innovation, interpersonal tact and expertise.

Leadership Competencies
There are three competencies the Army requires leaders to do that can also be applied to leadership in Civilian career fields:

  • Lead: the application of character, presence, and intellectual abilities in guiding others toward mission accomplishment. Characteristics of leading include: lead others, build trust, extend influence beyond chain of command, lead by example and communicate.
  • Develop: an environment that fosters teamwork and acceptance of responsibility while demonstrating care. Characteristics of developing include: create a positive environment, prepare self, develop others and steward the profession.
  • Achieve: sets objectives. This competency is focused on getting results – structuring what needs to be done so results are consistently produced; developing and executing plans while providing direction, guidance and clear priorities toward mission accomplishment.

Leadership Model Transformation
The ROTC is transitioning away from the current leadership model to a future model. The future model will continue to focus on progressive leadership training, but will incorporate a new summer training experience, a developing leadership course and the Lateral Entry Module (LEM) that will transform into a Lateral Entry process. The desired outcome is to improve overall leadership development and learning. The transformation in curriculum as part of the new overall model will shift Cadets’ focus to “how to think” and away from “what to think.”

Cadet Summer Training Programs
Army ROTC Cadets partake in a variety of summer training programs to develop their leadership skills which can one day be applied to future civilian professional careers. More than 11,400 Cadets participated in summer training last summer. The programs include the following:

  • The Leader’s Training Course (LTC) is the largest training program and introduces Cadets to Warrior Ethos and Army values. The Course’s mission is to qualify and motivate Cadets for lateral entry into Senior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. In the next few years, the course will evolve into a newly developed program, Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET), to reflect the leadership model transformation.
  • The Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) evaluates leadership potential, reinforces warrior skills. The course’s aim is to evaluate, train and develop junior officer leadership ability. Similarly following the program’s transformation, this course will become the Cadet Leader Course (CLC) in coming years.
  • The Culture and Language Training sends Cadets on month-long deployments to 52 countries across the world, where they are immersed in the language, working hand-in-hand with locals and Soldiers.
  • The Cadet Practical Field Training (CPFT) is Army-specific training, which brings Cadets into the Army with the Captain’s Career Course.

For more information about Leadership for the 21st Century CTE Professional, please visit the resources section here.

About the Online Seminars
As part of its long-standing partnership, the U.S. Army is working with the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) to present an online seminar series as a professional development resource for its members. The webinar series, which started in May and runs through December, will cover a variety of educational and professional topics, such as STEM, career readiness, leadership and health and wellness. The next online seminar in the series will cover “Innovations in Applying STEM Skills” on October 16 at 4 PM ET.

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