by Kristine Faria
Students in the Warren, Michigan, cohort of the Inspiring and Developing Excellence in Acquisition Leaders (IDEAL) Program took part in a field trip to General Dynamics Land Systems in Sterling Heights, Michigan, on Sept. 19 that provided a view into leadership from an industry perspective.
General Dynamics Land Systems leaders kicked off the visit by presenting an overview of the company, with particular emphasis on the portfolio of products associated with the Combat Systems Business Group. Following the presentation, IDEAL students engaged in a dialogue with a General Dynamics leadership panel. Discussion topics included fostering innovation, creating a workplace of choice, understanding various cultures in an international environment, and the importance of mentoring. The visit concluded with a tour of the logistics center, where the students viewed Abrams tanks and Stryker combat vehicles up close and learned about the vehicles’ configurations and features.
Sponsored by the Army Director for Acquisition Career Management Office, IDEAL is a leadership development program for Army Acquisition Workforce civilians with identified leadership and supervisory potential at the GS-12 or GS-13 level (or broadband equivalent). The program prepares participants for positions where they will lead people, teams and other groups, and combines classroom instruction, engagement with senior leaders, site visits and group activities.
The 2019 program has two cohorts: one in Washington, D.C., and one in Warren. For 2020, the program will have one cohort at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and one at Huntsville, Alabama.
For more information about IDEAL, go to https://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/inspiring-and-developing-excellence-in-acquisition-leaders-ideal/.
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