MSL201_Course Overview of MSL 201: Innovative Team Leadership  - Syllabus

MSL 201 explores the dimensions of creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles by examining team dynamics and two historical leadership theories that form the basis of the Army leadership requirements model. Cadets practice aspects of personal motivation and team building in the context of planning, executing, and assessing team exercises and participating in leadership labs. Focus is on continued development of the knowledge of leadership attributes and core leader competencies through an understanding of Army rank, structure, duties and basic aspects of land navigation and squad tactics. Case studies provide tangible context for learning the Soldier’s Creed and Warrior Ethos as they apply in the operational environment (OE). Cadet objectives for MSL 201 include the following:



Distinguish between leadership attributes and core leader competencies

Illustrate leader Leads, Develops, and Achieves actions                 

Describe the relationship between leader attributes and core leader competencies 

Identify the seventeen dimensions of the Army Leadership Requirements Model 

Describe the dynamics of team building and the qualities of successful teams 

Explain the trait and behavior leadership theories and their relationship to the Army leadership requirements model


Values and Ethics

Explain the Warrior Ethos

List and define the seven Army values


Personal Development  

Define the basic elements of time and stress management 

List the four steps to improving communications skills                 

Describe three techniques for active listening 

Describe the types of Army briefings and the elements of an effective briefing 

Conduct an information briefing in accordance with Army briefing standards



Explain the importance of being a model citizen as an Army officer 

React to passing colors, National music, and approaching officers                 

List and explain the principles of war


Tactics and Techniques  

Demonstrate map reading and land navigation skills 

Explain the Army problem solving process and troop leading procedures                 

Describe squad organization and movement techniques 

Describe fundamentals of offensive and defensive operations and battle drills


Overview of MSL 202: Foundations of Tactical Leadership - Syllabus


SL 202 examines the challenges of leading tactical teams in the OE. The course highlights dimensions of terrain analysis, patrolling, and operation orders. Further study of the theoretical basis of the Army leadership requirements model explores the dynamics of adaptive leadership in the context of military operations. MSL 202 provides a smooth transition into MSL 301. Cadets develop greater self awareness as they assess their own leadership styles and practice communication and team building skills. OE case studies give insight into the importance and practice of teamwork and tactics in real-world scenarios. Cadet objectives for MSL 202 include the following:



Explain the situational, transformational, and adaptive leadership theories and their relationship to the Army leadership requirements model

Describe methods of assessing leadership styles


Personal Development 

Write in accordance with the Army standard for effective writing 

Explain how to set goals and manage time at the team level


Values and Ethics  

Explain the Army values and the Army’s Consideration of Others program



Describe the history of terrorism and basic US antiterrorism policy


Tactics and Techniques                  

Distinguish between an operations order, a fragmentary order, and a warning order 

Demonstrate terrain analysis and route planning skills                 

Explain the five-paragraph format for an operations order 

Describe the characteristics and techniques of defensive operations 

Explain how squads and platoons plan for and conduct patrols

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