Main Project Capabilities & Focus Areas
The great power competition has increased the pace and complexity of the security environment for our Navy. In response, the Navy is focused on developing leaders who can empower their teams to think more critically, learn more efficiently, and decide more quickly and adaptively than our adversaries.
Developing these kinds of leaders effectively and efficiently requires a clear, measurable model of effective Navy leadership. The model, in turn, requires data about each leader’s competencies to help our diverse group of sailors get personalized feedback and craft tailored development plans.
Although a few Navy communities are making important efforts to develop leaders, no scientifically based Navy-wide model of leadership competency looks at junior, mid-, and senior level leaders to coordinate those efforts, address common competencies, and highlight significant differences. In addition, valuable leader competency data is scattered across Navy stakeholders and is not systematically combined to offer sailors a clear and comprehensive sense of what they have achieved as leaders and where they need to focus to become even better ones.
We are leading the effort to build an evidence-based Navy leadership competency model and community-specific supplements to it. To do so, we are gathering and synthesizing insights about key leadership competencies and characteristics from across Navy communities, from several groups of researchers studying Navy leadership, and through discussions with a range of subject matter experts.
The model will then be programmed into Eduworks’ Competency and Skills System (CaSS), a proven enterprise-level software package that will aggregate leadership competency data from across Navy stakeholders. The data will be combined and depicted in a customized leadership dashboard to personalize feedback and development plans for sailors.
This effort is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research.