Be. KNOW. Do.

LTC Corey New, 2009 IU-UNC LogMBA Alumn, speaking with SSFP students about his own experiences of professional development over a BBQ dinner.


“I believe that multi-dimensional feedback is an important component to holistic leader development. By encouraging input from peers, subordinates and superiors alike, leaders can better “see themselves” and increase self-awareness. A 360-degree approach applies equally to junior leaders at the squad, platoon, and company levels as well as to senior leaders. The ability to receive honest and candid feedback in an anonymous manner is a great opportunity to facilitate positive leadership growth.”

–          U.S. Army, Chief of Staff, GEN Ray Odierno

The UNC-IDB Strategic Studies Fellows Program (SSFP) is designed to meet GEN Ordierno’s call for broadening for the Army’s best and brightest Captains, following years of multiple deployments. This custom-developed educational program provides an intense residential opportunity for these soldiers and similarly situated officers from the other Services to coalesce their experiences, gain exposure to new concepts, and prepare for the next level of responsibility.

An integral part of UNC-IDB SSFP is the coaching each student receives as a participant of the program. Feedback is a powerful tool to initiate change in performance. Each student utilizes his or her existing 360 degree leadership competency assessment, based on the Army’s Multi-Source Assessment and Feedback (MSAF) Program, for a deeper understanding of their needs for leadership development. With this information students engage a faculty coach and create an Individual Development Plan (IDP).

Dr. Steve Hicks, Ed. D., of the IDB, developed a planning guide to help each participant organize his or her thoughts, notes and reflections in order to maximize their invested time during the program. One of the objectives of this guide is to enable each student to be able to pull meaning from their current and past experiences in order to form their own leadership philosophy. Dr. Hicks meets with each student during the first week to begin their IDP. Over the course of the 5-week program, each student has the opportunity to make progress on their individual leadership behaviors and receives feedback during a review at the end of the program.

BE KNOW DO is the Army’s leadership model. “BE” represents the character of a leader while “DO” is for action. The IDP helps students focus on the “KNOW”, the knowledge and skill sets leaders need to be competent.

Upon program completion, students receive a joint certificate from the IDB and UNC and three graduate level academic credit hours from Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business.

Do you have a personal/professional development plan? What tools and resources have you used when developing such a plan? We’d like to know.

For more information on UNC-IDB SSFP, please contact Zebrina Warner, UNC-IDB SSFP Program Manager.