"Army Will Train Soldiers to Cope with Mental Stress" is the head on a story in the New York Times about resiliency training for lawyers that I helped deliver last week in Pennsylvania. It was, truly, an honor. These men and women are impressive in so many ways. Although the article talks about qualms around touchy-feely, I didn't see a lot of evidence of that during the week. Of course, there's nothing really touchy-feely about testing your thinking for common Thinking Traps! And, yes, teaching a young private may prove a bit different from teaching more experienced and mature sergeants. But, if anyone can figure out how to do it, it's these folks.
I witnessed a really high level of commitment all week. These sergeants have worked hard to become capable, professional leaders, and they were willing to dive in and learn new skills that might help them better help soldiers and their families to survive and thrive.
The Army does develop leaders; but these leader also seemed committed to developing themselves.