The Multicultural Leadership Assessment and Training Program (MLAT): Growing skills for leader effectiveness in multicultural and multinational enviro

Period of Performance: 01/02/2006 - 01/01/2008

$730K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Mirum Corp.
805 Gibbon St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Principal Investigator

Research Topics

Abstract

This effort focuses on developing the attributes that contribute to effective military team leadership in a multinational and multicultural operating environment. In Phase I of this effort, the main product was a prototype of a computer-based training system that targets the leader knowledge and skills necessary to successfully lead four types of multicultural and multinational (MC/MN) collaborations. This training system labeled, The Multicultural Leadership Assessment and Training (MLAT) Program, is intended to foster leader development and growth in 2 multicultural leadership attributes: collaborative communication skills, and cultural sensitivity and awareness skills. The program is designed to provide assessment, event-based training, automated feedback, progress tracking, and other features consistent with identified best practices in leader training. The proposed training program will use event-based scenarios that will be carefully selected and developed to focus on targeted multicultural leadership skills. Also, the scenarios will be paired with problems and practice exercises that target particular skills. MLAT will allow for off-site, individual-based training, but can also be easily integrated into formal instructional settings within the Army. The objectives of the Phase II effort are to complete the development of the MLAT program and provide evidence for its potential effectiveness.