Leader Development Program

Working with support from the SAME Foundation, the Leader Development Program (LDP) was developed to identify and cultivate A/C/E leadership from within the SAME membership. Through this program, SAME fills a vital training gap within our industry, delivers value to our members and Posts, and ensures strong leadership for the future our nation.

Program Year
May 7, 2019 – May 29, 2020

Application Period
October 31, 2018 – December 21, 2018

Program Overview
The program is a yearlong commitment beginning at the SAME Joint Engineer Technical Conference (JETC) 2019 to be held in Tampa, FL. The graduation will be held at JETC 2020 in Washington D.C.!

The one-year program is broken into three themes

  • Know Yourself
  • Know Your Team
  • Know Your Future

The opening kick-off at JETC 2019 will be facilitated by a professional experienced in the science of personality strength assessment and leadership coaching with the goal of identifying how each candidate’s perception of the world around them informs their decision-making, and ultimately defines their values and beliefs.

The face-to-face at JETC 2019 will set the foundation for the rest of the year. The inaugural class will consist of 17 candidates, 1 from each SAME region. We plan to grow participation in subsequent years.

Program Objectives
  • Support the development of the next generation of world class military, government, civilian, and industry leaders for the Society and our Nation.
  • Understand individual strengths and how to apply these strengths to achieve success.
  • Understand team concepts including roles, responsibilities, accountability, and groups.
  • Develop leadership skills through training, assignments, a service project, and other opportunities.
  • Foster engineering leadership for the Nation!
Who May Apply?

Members of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) with at least one-year membership in the Society as of December 21, 2018, and with at least five years of progressive professional experience may apply.

The target participant is an enthusiastic, mid-career professional dedicated to the Society who exhibits the leadership talents and capabilities necessary to become a leader.

Participation Outcomes

Upon completion of the 2019 Leader Development Program (LDP), participants will gain the following in preparation for increased leadership responsibilities:

  • 35+ hours of formal leadership training
  • A perspective larger than their organization
  • Ability to understand and embrace change
  • Incorporate the perspectives of peers, customers, stakeholders, and industry partners
  • Ability to make timely, sound, and risk-based decisions
  • Understand how leaders articulate and use vision and values
  • The power of diversity
  • Promote cooperation, coalition team building and networking
  • Develop knowledge and skills necessary to form relationships, teams and partnerships
  • Develop an understanding of mission, vision, and challenges of partnering agencies and stakeholders
  • Learn to think strategically
  • An understanding of government and Congress
Participant Responsibilities

Commitment of Time – Selection and participation is a privilege. Participants must commit to the time during and after normal duty day hours. Participants must be able to travel. Participation is entirely voluntary. Most employers cannot afford for staff members to engage in a yearlong program where the employee will be away from their office responsibilities. Therefore, this program has been designed to offer optimal benefits using the least amount of out-of-office time possible. Estimate time required by participants:

  • 2019 JETC – 2 days (12 hours of formal training)
  • 2020 JETC – 2 days (12 hours of formal training)
  • Monthly Sessions – 11 hours
  • Monthly Preparation and Reflection – 14 hours
  • Reading Assignments – 24 hours

Attendance – Program participants will be expected to attend all on-line class sessions, as well as JETC 2019 and JETC 2020. If a participant misses more than three (3) hours of program sessions, or a mandatory program session, he or she may be dropped from the program.

Utilization Project – Design and execute a Utilization Project that leverages relationships and resources of the Society at the local or national level.

Program – Participants will meet with leaders from government, private sector, and academic fields to discuss issues impacting government and explore each topic with special attention focused on building core competencies.

Program Tuition Cost – The SAME Foundation is funding the Leader Development Program due to the generous funding of individual members, sustaining members, partners and friends of the Society. Participants will have their JETC 2019 and JETC 2020 registration, travel, lodging, associated travel expenses, training and administrative costs paid by the SAME Foundation. Salary, books and all other costs are paid for by the candidate or candidate’s organization.

Participation Details

Methodology – Training information will be presented through a combination of classroom-style lectures, seminars, simulations and hands-on experiences throughout the program year with participants engaging in detailed class discussions and synthesizing concepts for application in their current leadership roles.

Reading Assignments – Participants are required to read and be prepared to discuss five books.

Reading List


Month Book Author Pages
May/June/July 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership w/workbook John Maxwell 256
August/September/October Know your Teams: Good to Great Jim Collins 320
November/December/January How to Win Friends and Influence People Dale Carnegie 291
February/March/April Start With Why Simon Sinek 256
Optional The Carpenter John Gordon 160
Optional Precious Present Spencer Johnson 80

 

Mentoring – The program will pair participants (mentee) with a mentor from the participant’s Post or from the Academy of Fellows to help participants become more effective in their current roles and maintain career ownership.

How to Apply

The application will be released on October 31, 2018

Each applicant must submit three documents:

A. Application Information Sheet with Resume (see attached form)

B. Response to three (3) Questions (two (2) pages or less)

Respond to the following three questions:

  1. Referring to your biographical information, education and work experience explain how you meet the selection criteria?
  2. Provide a brief synopsis of your background, including activities, which show possession of the ability to lead and/or manage. Outside activities include leadership in performing various community, religious, and civic programs and activities
  3. What do you expect to gain from the LDP experience and how do you see that effecting your leadership capabilities in the future?

C. Letter of Recommendation from Employer

Each applicant must submit a letter of recommendation from her or his direct boss, stating why they are a solid candidate for this program. If the boss is unavailable, submission of a short statement regarding their unavailability and a letter from a former boss, or someone in a leadership position above the applicant’s boss will be accepted.

Deadline

All applications MUST be typed and submitted electronically through the Post President to the Regional Vice President.

Applications are accepted from October 31, 2018 through December 21, 2018. The Regional Vice President must be in receipt of applicants’ complete application package containing all required information and signatures no later than midnight Friday, December 21, 2018 for program consideration.

Applicants are to submit original responses. Late or Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Advisory: Regional Vice President’s may have a deadline that is prior to December 21, 2018.  

Selection Process

  • Each Region will select one individual to participate.
  • Candidates’ applications will be rated on the following:
    • Leadership across functional and geographic boundaries
    • Leading change
    • Vision
  • Notifications will be made for all primary selections by March 1, 2019
  • Alternates will be notified by April 1, 2019

For More Information

To learn more about the Leader Development Program, contact Eddie Gonzalez, SAME Program Manager, at egonzalez@same.org.