The U.S. Army invests thousands of dollars each year into education and growth of soldiers. With a keen eye on talent management and leader development, the U.S. Army created “broadening assignments” to expose leaders to various job opportunities and civilian education programs.
I recently read from the Center for Creative Leadership that about 60 percent of first-time managers receive no formal training. I was no exception to this norm.
Part of being a successful leader is learning what individual leadership styles are effective in your environment and applying them. Experimenting with new and different styles is key, but this can be a delicate matter in the workplace.
I’ll admit it took me over a year to work up the courage to sign up for this training. It is totally out of my comfort zone, representing a perfect example of why I applied to the MBA program: to “dive head-first” into the unknown, the ambiguous and the uncomfortable, in order to grow personally and professionally.
On an early morning in late October, several students, faculty and staff gathered in the cold and rain to put their leadership skills to the test. However, the inclement weather was not going to hinder our successful completion of the 15th Leader’s Reaction Course.