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Innovative leader development: evaluation of the U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Adaptive Leader Program

Innovative leader development: evaluation of the U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Adaptive Leader Program

Straus, Susan G., author; Shanley, Michael G., 1947-; Sims, Carra S

The Asymmetric Warfare Group offers the Asymmetric Warfare Adaptive Leader Program (AWALP)--a 10-day course designed to enhance adaptive performance in leaders and promote innovative solutions in training in support of unified land operations. This report describes results of a systematic evaluation of AWALP, offers recommendations to improve the course, and provides recommendations for ongoing evaluation of AWALP and other courses or events that address adaptive performance and acquisition of other intangible skills. The study used a pretest-posttest design and collected data from 104 students who participated in AWALP. Results show substantial improvement in training outcomes, including students' self-efficacy for being adaptive and leading adaptive teams and knowledge of course concepts. Graduates also reported that they were applying course concepts on the job after returning to their units. In addition, students had exceptionally favorable reactions to AWALP and remained extremely positive about the course three months after graduation. Results indicate few needs for improvement in the course; the most important area to address is challenges in applying concepts on the job because of the command climate and entrenched leadership. Recommendations for ongoing evaluation focus on obtaining additional measures of adaptive performance, particularly to establish the impact of AWALP on subsequent job performance. The current success of AWALP suggests that its approach to training might be usefully expanded in the Army, and the authors discuss strategies to achieve broader dissemination. Finally, the authors describe how the methods used in this study might be applied to evaluating related training in other contexts

eBook, Electronic resource, Book. English. Electronic books.
Published Santa Monica, California : Rand Corporation 2014

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Statement of responsibility: Susan G. Straus, Michael G. Shanley, Carra S. Sims [and six others]
ISBN: 0833087495, 0833089919, 9780833087492, 9780833089915
Note: "RR-504-A."--Back cover.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 125-133).
Note: Online resource; title from PDF title page (RAND, viewed December 17, 2014).
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xxx, 133 pages) : illustrations, charts
Subject: Leadership.; Asymmetric warfare.; Armed Forces Officers Training of.; United States. Army.; United States. Army Officers Training of.; Military education Evaluation.; United States.; Military education United States Evaluation.
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