Partner-Force Leadership for Joint SOF Professionals (Pilot)
Created by SOF, for SOF! This course is the second course in the Joint SOF Leadership & SOF Professional Ethic Integrated Program of Study with Cornell University. It builds on the foundational principles of leadership from the SOF Leadership Foundations Course. This course delivers a SOF-specific educational theory of partner-force leadership (PFL) oriented toward relational, cross-cultural, and indirect leadership styles that enhance the critical thinking and ethical decision-making of SOF formations deployed in developing countries where SOF forces are perpetually engaged in global operations. The course leverages non-traditional leadership theories that include relational, cross-cultural, and indirect leadership styles for building connectedness in highly complex and hazardous SOF environments where leading partner forces and associated populations is critical for strategic success in the compounded security environment. For student planning purposes, the course is nine weeks long. Students will convene via Zoom once a week for two hours each class session. The one week between classroom sessions gives students time to read, reflect, and complete assigned tasks per lesson.
· Primary – Entry-level Joint SOF professionals who deploy and conduct operations at the SOF team-level or detachment-level and who are likely to engage in direct partner-force leadership in support of strategic military objectives or geographic and/or functional combatant commander objectives. Experienced partner-force-leadership “command teams” that are responsible for employing and mentoring SOF operational detachments and teams as stewards of the SOF profession are also target students. · Secondary – Joint SOF-enablers working in the SOF profession and select members of USSOCOM’s SOF Network of multinational and interagency partner personnel who enhance the quality of American partner-force leadership as part of operations aligned with U.S. strategic guidance.
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