DURHAM, N.C. — Soldiers from the Mission and Installation Contracting Command’s 900th Contracting Battalion at Fort Bragg participated in a dynamic leadership professional development event, Feb. 13, at Duke University.
The faculty and staff of Duke’s Fuqua School of Business in Durham served as host for the Soldiers.
The LPD was led by two professors, including Joseph N.G. LeBeouf, professor of the practice of management. He is a retired Army colonel who served as a professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, where he was the deputy head of the behavioral sciences and leadership department.
His counterpart was Sim Sitkin, a professor of leadership and management at the Michael W. Krzyzewski University as well as founding faculty director of the Fuqua/Coach K. Center on Leadership and Ethics at the Fuqua School of Business, and director of the behavioral science and policy center at Duke.
The professors introduced the Soldiers to the six domains of leadership, a model developed by Duke that is used for developing and assessing leadership qualities.
The professors organized the Soldiers into small groups to analyze a video case study through the lens of the six domains of leadership. This case study illustrated how the principles of the six domains of leadership could be applied to everyday leadership challenges.
The leadership pyramid, comprised of leadership domains, is structured to show how the principles of this model interconnect and influence each other. When these principles are applied to an individual or organizational leadership challenge, the strengths and weaknesses of an individual or organization become clear.
“This was truly a thought-provoking and insightful event,” said Sgt. 1st Class Samantha Brown, the 608th Contracting Team noncommissioned officer in charge. “LPDs usually produce good information, but in this case we actually walked away with another tool in our kit bag.”
The 900th CBN commander and sergeant major presented certificates of appreciation to the Duke professors and faculty for the effort that was put into the event.
Following the awards presentation, Soldiers of the 900th CBN were then taken on a guided tour of the campus, which included the Duke Chapel and a private viewing of Cameron Indoor Stadium — the battleground for the university’s men’s basketball team.