Civilian Leader Development Program

More than ever before, the Army of the 21st Century will rely on top quality civilians in professional, technical and leadership positions to provide a continuity of operations and expertise essential to national defense. The Army's Civilian Training, Education and Development System (ACTEDS) and Civilian Leader Development Courses support the acquisition and training of a technically proficient professional workforce, as well as the progressive and sequential development of competent, confident leaders that are critical to a high performing workforce. Developing these future leaders in light of decreasing resources and a smaller force challenges us to maximize every developmental opportunity. A trained and ready Army will always require leaders who are professionals in every way -- leaders who exemplify traditional Army values and professional ethics.

Values are the bedrock of professionals. They influence leader attitudes, behavior, and decisions. Army ethics contain the values that guide leaders. When taking the Oath of Service, leaders must embody loyalty to the nation, the Army, the organization and each individual in it.

As we shape a smaller Army to meet the expanding challenges of the 21st Century, we also must develop leaders who understand and can exploit the full potential of present and future Army doctrine. Our leaders must be versatile to ensure success in war and operations other than war. This need demands leaders who:

  • Anticipate, manage and exploit change.
  • Are versatile enough to operate successfully in war and operations other than war.
  • Exemplify the highest professional and ethical standards.
  • Uphold the dignity of each individual.
  • Display technical and tactical proficiency, while exploiting the full potential of advanced technology and accounting for the human dimension.
  • Possess teaching, coaching and counseling skills.
  • Can build cohesive teams.
  • Communicate effectively while stimulating confidence, enthusiasm and trust.
  • Accurately assess situations, solve problems, and act decisively under pressure.
  • Show initiative, plan thoughtfully, and take reasoned, measured risks to exploit opportunities.
  • Clearly provide purpose, direction, motivation and vision to their subordinates while executing operations following their superior's intent.

Leaders gain their knowledge, skills, and abilities through a combination of schooling, assignments, and self-development. The Army is committed to the development of its leaders. Leaders must be appropriately developed before assuming and while occupying leadership positions to ensure they are competent in and confident of their ability to lead at the level assigned.

A robust suite of basic civilian leader development training is in place that includes progressive and sequential mandatory training at four broad levels (intern/entry, supervisory, managerial, and executive). It parallels the formal training (institutional) pillar of the officer leader development system, and is targeted to the skills/ competencies required of civilian leaders at each of the four broad levels. The Civilian Common Core Tasks identify the task descriptions and OPM competencies for each task and lists appropriate leader development courses.

Content last reviewed: 3/20/2007-DLS