Military Review English Edition March-April 2016 - Page 108

Investing in people pays dividends for a lifetime. —Kevin McAninch L eadership is a core Army function and a unifying element in mission accomplishment. Therefore, creating a unique and challenging leadership development program to grow subordinate leaders is a key task for all commanders. The U.S. Army’s doctrine on leadership says, “Through education, training, and experience, leaders develop into competent and disciplined professionals of the Army.”1 But, how do Army units develop leaders to ensure excellent leadership that operates cohesively across the levels of command?2 Most units establish a leader professional development (LPD) program that is briefed and approved during quarterly training briefings. Program topics range from individual professional development skills to execution of routine collective Army tasks. However, in some LPD programs, though some members of the audience might learn elementary sta