Strategic Leadership

The first course of the academic year, Strategic Leadership not only reacquaints students with the skills and habits necessary for success in graduate-level education, it provides a foundation to comprehend and apply thinking skills needed by senior leaders throughout the academic year and into future assignments. The course is designed to present material in ways that encourage personal and professional growth through reflection, critical assessment, and the ability to creatively and holistically synthesize multiple, complex, and competing ideas.

More importantly, the course introduces students to the concepts and skills required of leaders within the strategic environment through an examination of responsible command, leadership, and management practices.

The Strategic Leadership course continues the development of leadership at three levels:
Direct (taught at the basic and captain's level courses), Organizational (taught at the intermediate-level education course), and Strategic (taught at the USAWC).

The course examines the unique sets of knowledge, skills, and abilities that are much more prevalent at the strategic level than in the other two levels of leadership. Building on the students' experiences, this course provides the foundation for the application of strategic-level skills and competencies throughout the academic year and into the future.

The outcome is students who appreciate how strategic leaders scan the environment, anticipate change proactively, develop a vision of where they see their organization in 10-20 years, align the organization's culture and climate with their vision and current work force, and then create and maintain an ethics and values-based focus within their organization that reinforces the organization's vision.

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