Recruiting America's Military Elite to Lead Your OrganizationBy: James D. Murphy
America's military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan's unconventional conflicts has resulted in an unintended consequence - elite military professionals that are experienced in independent and adaptive thinking and leadership. In a recent article, Time magazine charted how this war has created a new generation of elite military leaders, the same men and women who return ready to apply this knowledge to business situations. These former or still transitioning military leaders come home from Iraq or Afghanistan with a distinct brand of knowledge and skills, better prepared to transition from the military to the corporate world. Unlike many of their business contemporaries, America's military elite have already headed up a team comprised of their fellow soldiers, responsible for making sure everyone succeeds together as a team and the mission is successful. These battle tested leadership qualities, unavailable in academic or civilian learning environments, are engrained into America's military elite from day one.
Major organizations across the U.S. have focused on recruiting former military leaders for years, well aware of their unique abilities to lead a company to success. These recruiting programs are uniquely targeted at former or transitioning military leaders, who are placed into these companies based on specific individual competencies as well as the hiring company's desire to integrate forward thinking leaders into their organization. Sourcing candidates has proven to be a popular approach to placing these skilled leaders into organizations after their military duties have been fulfilled.
Companies recruiting former military men and women have an ally when it comes to finding capable transitioning military personnel - a small number of military-to-business transition training programs exist to help make the transition smoother. What can the right type of recruiting program do besides source jobs for transitioning military personnel? Whether you are a former military man or woman or an organization looking at recruiting transitioning military leaders, these programs provide significant value.
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This draw to recruiting America's military elite, which includes a number of Senior Military Officers, such as colonels, admirals and generals, is a growing trend that global corporations are taking an especially keen interest in. Pepsi and GE, for instance, have defined their own processes for recruiting former military leaders and created programs that are dedicated to finding the best former or transitioning military candidates to work in leadership roles. These men and women are regarded as stars waiting to happen, due to their independent, adaptive philosophies. For businesses requiring 'out-of-the-box' thinkers who have gained invaluable experience leading teams under intense pressure in the most hostile operational environments, recruiting transitioning military leaders is a sure step on the path to business success.
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