Who Will Lead?
Retiring baby boomers in the next decade will create an unprecedented leadership void. A number of trends have converged to create a dearth of leader and manager candidates. Ross Vierra described this shortage of leaders as "Potentially catastrophic." The Fleet Technical Support Center Atlantic needed to ensure it had the right people with the right skills to achieve its vision of being the finest and most professional Naval Field Service Engineering activity in the world. The decision was made to aggressively use training programs to bolster the management skills of the military and civilian staff responsible for maintenance of the Atlantic Fleet. The Fleet Technical Support Center partnered with Management Concepts to develop a Leadership Certificate Program. The certificate program was designed to provide managers with a well-rounded skill set to manage and lead the organization.