During the peak of operations in Afghanistan, the Australian Army worked very closely with our Dutch allies in Tarin Kot. Similar to our own system of training and education, Dutch officers are required to attend a course as Lieutenants in preparation for their pending promotion to Captain. In order to meet the demands of the rapidly changing operational environment, the Dutch Army have recently redeveloped their education curriculum.

In this article, Major Peter de Bock and Doctor Peter Olsthoorn via the Journal of Military and Strategic Studies, have examined in depth what leadership theories should underpin the promotion courses for junior officers, and how to develop cutting edge leaders. They have selected those leadership theories considered most relevant to the military and its vision, and draw conclusions to aid in the design of a leadership development curriculum for junior leaders.



Whilst this article may focus specifically on junior officers, there are clear links for leadership development across all ranks. Read the article and let us know your thoughts on the following:

  • Do you agree with the conclusions drawn from the Dutch analysis on leadership development curriculum?
  • For Captains and junior officers, do you think our current promotion courses prepare individuals adequately for the roles they are required to perform in Army?  If not, what would you add/change?
  • For senior soldiers who spend a large portion of their time mentoring junior officers, what do you think are the key leadership ingredients officers need, to be successful in leading soldiers effectively?