Leadership Development Framework for the Technical Acquisition Workforce
Human Capital Development
Report Number: SERC-2016-TR-111
Publication Date: 2016-09-14
Project: Leadership Development Framework for the Technical Acquisition Workforce
Dr. Wilson Felder
Dr. Michael Pennotti
Dr. Steve Yang
Large and complex technical undertakings – sophisticated weapon systems, diverse research institutions, major programs of national importance, and the like – require unique skills of their leaders. These individuals must have a strong technical background AND a special ability to lead people of varying backgrounds and disciplines.
The required skill set is not easily acquired after one has already been confronted with the difficulties inherent in these positions. These skills must instead be honed over a career of increasingly challenging assignments, starting as soon as the fledgling technical leader has graduated from a foundational engineering or science baccalaureate program.