Leader Challenge is a video-based LPD that presents real dilemmas faced by real leaders. Every scenario is told by the leader who faced the challenge. The story is their recollection of the real-life dilemma they faced; we never use scripts or talking points to produce these videos.
The purpose of a Leader Challenge isn’t to find the “right” or “wrong” solution to a dilemma, because there is never only one right answer. A Leader Challenge helps leaders put themselves in the shoes of those telling the story and “experience” the situation for themselves. The Leader Challenge process also gives leaders the opportunity to reflect and engage in meaningful, small-group discussions about the situation with one another .
The Leader Challenge methodology works very well with leaders of any level of experience and is effective for any size group from the squad-level on up.
A lieutenant is an assistant OIC at a range when he notices some out-of-the-ordinary actions. A soldier who is struggling to qualify appears to be getting extra rounds and possibly some other “assistance.”
A medical officer (CPT) is in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. It is Christmas Day and he and his Soldiers had just finished enjoying their holiday meal and prepping to bed down for the night when a medevac call comes in from an outpost. Both ground and air evac assets are available and the outpost is only a five-minute drive by ground. Air evac is much faster but it is unclear whether the aircraft can land or not due to the outpost still being under fire. The CPT must decide to evacuate the casualty by ground or air…the TOC eagerly awaits his decision.
A lieutenant takes over as the new platoon leader for a platoon that has just returned from Iraq, at the height of the Iraq Surge. During that period, Soldiers were being routinely stop-lossed and offered incentives to stay in the Army, one of which was a 6-month school option. One of his Soldiers in school is selected by pro scouts and wants to play minor league baseball instead…how does the lieutenant balance the needs of the Army during the surge period with the desires of the Soldier?
A PL and his platoon are conducting BDA as part of a QRF and they come upon two IED emplacers that have been engaged by friendly forces. The two emplacers are likely to expire due to their injuries; the PL must decide whether to initiate CASEVAC or not.
The commander of a Quartermaster company is faced with one of his Soldiers having committed suicide. He wants to inform his company of the death but is unsure if he should show emotion when he addresses the formation.
A PL’s platoon is carrying out a difficult mortar registration mission which is exacerbated by poor communication and understanding by the company TOC. Once they arrive back at the TOC, one of the LT’s squad leaders goes off on the CO, in front of the entire TOC. The CO and 1SG want to remove the squad leader, one of the platoon’s best assets. What would you do?
The senior drill sergeant for a Basic Combat Training company observes another drill sergeant striking a trainee who is duct-taped to a chair. The drill sergeant says it is part of a birthday observance for the trainee. The senior drill sergeant tries to engage the drill sergeant about the incident, but the other drill sergeant has no interest in discussing it any further. What would you do?
A lieutenant and his platoon are conducting a joint patrol with the Iraqi National Police (INP) when they stop a vehicle with two Sunni men in it. When the LT doesn’t allow the INP to detain the two Sunnis, the INP suddenly surround him and his platoon with their crew-served weapons. To make matters worse, the incident is being videotaped by the media crew embedded with the unit. What would you do?
The Platoon Leader and his cavalry platoon just completed a 22-hour dismounted zone reconnaissance in the mountains of northeast Afghanistan. That action concluded a week of near-continuous platoon missions in support of a squadron operation. The Soldiers engaged in numerous fights and had not slept in more than 24 hours. As they arrive at the platoon area, the CSM tells the PL to expect a FRAGO to leave that night for possibly another firefight. He tells him “Sergeant Major, seriously? We just… we’re done right now. These guys are toast.” …
The company XO discovers that the monthly sensitive items inventory has come up short a few months in a row, howevever, his commander signs off on the inventories and sends them up to battalion anyway. The XO needs to decide what to do.
A brand-new platoon leader feels overwhelmed. She has a SGT that is very charismatic and wields great influence within the platoon; influence that leads to an incident that involves the platoon leader unknowingly.
An infantry platoon leader is having challenges with his platoon sergeant (PSG). When he first takes charge of the platoon, the PSG is reluctant to cede full authority over the platoon’s actions in contact.