Real Leadership and the U. S. Army: Overcoming a Failure of Imagination to Conduct Adaptive Work

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To win on today's complex and competitive battlefield our military leaders have had to try to shed decades of organizational culture that emphasized control and stability as the solution to solving problem sets. Instead, today's leaders must be adaptive and agile in their analysis and development of innovative solutions to the complex challenges of the 21st century. Today's security environment requires men and women in uniform to think critically and be creative in developing new strategies and solutions. These ...
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Overview

To win on today's complex and competitive battlefield our military leaders have had to try to shed decades of organizational culture that emphasized control and stability as the solution to solving problem sets. Instead, today's leaders must be adaptive and agile in their analysis and development of innovative solutions to the complex challenges of the 21st century. Today's security environment requires men and women in uniform to think critically and be creative in developing new strategies and solutions. These skills will allow our military leaders to maintain the operational initiative against an enemy who is by nature adaptive and always evolving to overcome the tremendous advantage in technological and material overmatch of the United States and many of its allies. This paper argues that the U.S. Army should continue its bold initiatives in its current Campaign of Learning and go even further. It should develop creative leaders who can exercise adaptive leadership with the capacity to provide learning environments within their organizations. Included in the paper is an analysis of adaptive challenges facing the Army. Specifically, the Army espouses the need for decentralized operations and operational adaptability, but the author argues that the Army culture is driven by control, stability, and risk aversion. A case study provides a means for analyzing the complexity of organizational leadership in the contemporary security environment. The study presents a high-stakes problem set requiring an operational adaptation by a cavalry squadron in Baghdad, Iraq. This problematic reality triggers the struggle in finding a creative solution, as cultural norms serve as barriers against overturning accepted solutions that have proven successful in the past, even if they do not fit today's reality. The case highlights leaders who are constrained by assumptions and therefore suffer the consequences of failing to adapt quickly to a changed environment. Emphasizing the importance of reflection and a willingness to experiment and assume risk, the case study transitions to an example of a successful application of adaptive leadership and adaptive work performed by the organization. The case study serves as a microcosm of the challenges facing the U.S. Army. The corresponding leadership framework presented can be used as a model for the Army as it attempts to move forward in its efforts to make adaptation an institutional imperative (Chapters 1 and 2). The paper presents a holistic approach to leadership, whereby the leader transcends being simply an authority figure and becomes instead a real leader who provides a safe and creative learning environment for the organization to tackle and solve adaptive challenges (Chapter 3). The paper concludes with a recommendation that Army leaders apply Harvard Professor Dean Williams's theory of leadership to the challenges confronting the Army's leader development process so as to improve its efforts to grow adaptive leaders (Chapter 4).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781477687543
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/18/2012
  • Pages: 150
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN B. RICHARDSON IV assumed command of the 3d Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas, in November 2011. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in Armor in 1991. He served as a tank platoon leader and company executive officer in Germany. After graduation from the Armor Officer Advance Course, he served as a Battalion S-1, Tank Company Commander, and Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander. During this tour, he also deployed to Bosnia (IFOR) as the Command Liaison Officer to the Nordic-Polish Brigade. Colonel Richardson's previous assignments included duty as Company Tactical Officer at West Point, New York; 2nd Squadron Operations Officer (S3), 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment (Light), in Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq; and Regimental Operations Officer (S3) at Fort Polk, Louisiana. He returned to Iraq in 2005 as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General of Multi- National Security Transition Command-Iraq. In 2007 he assumed command of a cavalry squadron at Fort Riley, Kansas. During this 33-month command, the 750-soldier squadron task force served a 12-month deployment in northwest Baghdad in 2008-09. This deployment encompassed the final phase of "the Surge" campaign, the provincial elections, and a number of strategic transitions during the implementation of the security agreement between the U.S. Government and Government of Iraq. Colonel Richardson holds a master of science degree in counseling and leader development from Long Island University; has attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; and was selected as a National Security Fellow for a viii 1-year Senior Service College Fellowship in leadership and management at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
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