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With graduation in sight, participants in the 2019 Intermediate Leader Investment for Tomorrow program met with the Aviation and Missile Command’s deputy to the commanding general Nov. 26 to reflect on their leadership development experience.

Bill Marriott encouraged candid feedback about the program that could be considered in making improvements for future iLIFT participants.

“We always need to be looking at our programs and processes, and assess them for effectiveness,” Marriott told the group. “You have to foster a work environment in which employees feel empowered to make suggestions to improve things if you want an organization to change and grow.”

The iLIFT program, hosted by AMCOM’s G1 Training and Career Management Division, began in 2005 and is open to applicants from all federal agencies on Redstone Arsenal in positions equivalent to GS-11 through GS-13. Since its inception, successive AMCOM commanders and deputy commanders, along with a host of other senior leaders across Redstone Arsenal, have supported and grown the program to meet the needs of Army civilian leader readiness.

Leadership training includes time management, public speaking, communications, self-awareness and development exercises, networking and more, according to Tom Olszowy, who coordinates the iLIFT program for AMCOM. Classes also work on projects that allow them to practice leadership skills within a group.

Twenty-seven iLIFT participants from organizations across Redstone will graduate Dec. 11 at Toftoy Hall’s auditorium.

For more information about LIFT and other leadership-development opportunities, contact your organization’s training coordinator.

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