In Whose Hands Professional Authority and Responsibility?
Teams of ROTC cadets compete at the water confidence course during Leader Development and Assessment Course training on Fort Lewis, WA.  (Photo: SPC Aaron Carpenter)  



COL Robert M. Mundell
US Army

The views expressed in the document are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Department of the Army, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.



The nature of conflict in the 21st century requires leaders that are multifaceted, agile, and adaptive. In particular, Army leaders at all levels must be capable of executing decentralized operations for extended periods with little direct oversight and they must possess the talent and skills to lead across the full spectrum of conflict.

This AY-09 USAWC Resident student author believes that given this situation the concept of 'empowerment' becomes a critical leader core competency. This in turn highlights a need for the Army to modify the officer education system, doctrine and re-examine certain aspects of its culture that currently constrain 'empowerment.' He provides recommendations for the Army to address these issues and assist senior leaders in better preparing subordinates for the challenges associated with leading Soldiers in the 21st century.

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