Leader Development

At NLEC we recognize that personal growth and developmental lies at the heart of the Navy’s approach to leadership. Therefore, we support leader development as an ongoing and continuous process that deepens, broadens and differentiates future leader’s capabilities as they strive toward their maximum theoretical limits.

Understanding that there are individual lines of development for each of us and that individuals and groups progress through distinct stages of development, we have captured this highly personal transformation process. We acknowledge a Sailors’ development by way of three lines of development (i.e. Engaged leader, Exemplar leader, and Adaptive leader), progressing in three stages of development (i.e. character, technical, and cognitive).

At the very basic level, the junior sailor performs as an individual contributor focused on developing self. The engaged leader utilizes attributes that resonate with the quest for personal (character), technical, and cognitive development. Attributes in an engaged leader are but not limited to being authentic and vulnerable, a team builder, and having a growth mindset.

At the next level, the intermediate leader (i.e. supervisor) is associated with an exemplar leader who utilizes the attributes of an engaged leader but more advanced. The exemplar leader performs as a team contributor, who exercises discernment, acts with boldness and prudence, optimizes work processes, and uses a self-authoring mind. This leader is a role model for a growth mindset focused on a self-authoring mind.

At the advanced level, the adaptive (i.e. executive) leader demonstrates a self-transforming mind. The adaptive leader is a guardian of the Navy Core Values leading with purpose and vision, and operating with intent through trust, empowerment, and understanding. The adaptive leader embraces forward-thinking strategic mindset and readily handles adaptive challenges.

Are you driven to pursue the theoretical limits of performance?

It’s important for you to be proficient in your area of expertise, and imperative that you demonstrate personal integrity and ethical leadership when doing so.