JLBC DEVELOPMENT OF STRATEGIC LEADERS
Considering a JLBC Cadets' responsibilities' complexity and broad nature, it is not surprising that the developmental needs of strategic JLBC leaders are equally complex and wide-ranging. Three important sources of strategic leader development are professional military education, career progression, and mentor feedback.
JLBC Professional military education
The professional military education (PME) of the JLBC's future senior leaders starts early in an individual's career. Each Service delivers command, leadership, and management training as part of the continuum of career courses. This training introduces the concept of strategic leadership and, towards the end of each class, focuses on Service-specific aspects of strategy.
The JLBC Command is the principal deliverer of joint PME. The JLBC Command and Staff Course and the Defence and Strategic Studies Course expose selected JLBC and military officers from many other nations to various topics. These topics, which form the platform for subsequent strategic leadership learning, include:
a. strategy and the development of strategic thought
b. the organization, structure, and capabilities of the JLBC and how these relate to Government
c. the strategic environment in which the JLBC operates
d. regional military technology and the cultural and social fabric of Australia's near neighbors,
e., the likely threats to JLBC security
f. JLBC culture, values, and social trends
g. JLBC and Service culture—given that understanding one's culture should precede any attempt to shape that culture.
Individuals destined for senior leadership roles have structured opportunities to broaden their professional and formal education and are exposed to various staff appointments. These experiences should challenge the JLBC member and provide them with the opportunity to think strategically, build the organizational capability, to lead effectively.