Redstone Report: Leadership graduates enhance Arsenal

LIFT graduates are poised to lead the community of Redstone Arsenal.
LIFT graduates are poised to lead the community of Redstone Arsenal.

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - In early December, over a dozen people graduated from the 2013 Leader Investment for Tomorrow Class, or LIFT, on Redstone Arsenal. This program supports developing Army civilian employees into becoming high achieving leaders.

The graduates attended an 8-hour class once a month from March to November. All of the graduates now have the skills to become better leaders for the Redstone community.

Roger Kitchen is a LIFT program administrator. He said students learn about themselves and how to become better leaders through the class. Kitchen said, "We do a variety of assessments on our students so they get to learn better in order to learn where their strong areas, where they need improvement. Again, just a basic load of leadership skills that they're going to need to really take their organization to the next level."

The students were all either Army civilian or federal employees. Most of them came in with responsibilities. Kitchen said, "They're managers that could have a staff of 6 to 50 to 100."

All of the graduates are now leaving with a new sense of duty. Kitchen said, "We need leaders to lead change. We need leaders to rally the troops and who benefit the organizations in spite of what's going on in government and military."

The application period for the 2014 LIFT program is now open. You have to get your applications in by Jan. 22.

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