Leadership & Ethics is responsible for the Leadership & Ethics area of study in the Naval War College’s electives program, Professional Military Ethics Program, and the Navy Senior Leader Development Concentration. The department works closely with the Navy Leadership and Ethics Center (NLEC) as well as with Navy leadership on issues involving character development and stewardship of the profession of arms.
Leadership & Ethics will be at the forefront on issues involving character development and stewardship of the profession of arms; this includes enabling execution of the Navy Leader Development Strategy to support an effective Navy Leader Development Continuum from Seaman Recruit to Admiral. The department delivers the Navy Senior Leader Development Concentration (NSLDC), a 10-month immersive and deliberate leader development experience for select NWC students. Leadership & Ethics is also responsible for the college’s Professional Military Ethics Program that provides a series of lectures, panels, seminars and discussion groups to further officers' understanding and application of ethical leadership which is led by the Admiral James B. Stockdale Chair of Military Ethics.
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Dr. Olenda E. Johnson is responsible for advancing leader and ethics development for the U.S. Navy. As a lead contributor in the Naval War College’s Leadership & Ethics (L&E) department, she advises Navy senior leaders, develops strategy, and facilitates team efforts. Currently, she leads the L&E team in developing a Flag Officer Development Continuum as directed by the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). Olenda is a passionate teacher, whose Critical Thinking for Adaptive Leaders course is highly regarded. She also works with other military units (e.g., U.S. Army Special Forces Command) to support their leader development efforts, and serves as a requested speaker for external organizations.
Dr. Cavallaro is an educator and professional coach. She contributes to Navy-wide efforts to operationalize Navy Leader Development, builds Navy leader self-awareness through executive coaching and assessment instruments, conducts research, and teaches elective courses in the Leadership and Ethics area of study. Her research interests include a range of topics, such as employee wellbeing, eudaimonia, adult development, and meaningful work.