Major Paul B. Lester, PhD, PMP
Director, Research Facilitation Laboratory (RFL), Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Army (O/DUSA)
Major Paul Lester was commissioned as an infantry officer upon graduating from the United States Military Academy. He currently serves as the Director of the Research Facilitation Laboratory (RFL), Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Army. Prior to that assignment, he served three years as the Director of Research, Development, and Program Evaluation for Comprehensive Soldier & Family Fitness, where his duties included managing the Global Assessment Tool, serving as the CSF2 program evaluation team leader, providing oversight to the maintenance and management of CSF2’s information technology architecture (Soldier Fitness Tracker), and finally as a lead technical writer.
Early in his carrier, he served in a variety of command and staff positions in the 101st Airborne Division and 2nd Infantry Division. Following command, Paul spent three years in graduate school and completed his doctoral work in leadership and management at the College of Business, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Later, Paul taught leadership at West Point and branch transferred to the Medical Service Corps to continue his research.
His research interest includes leadership development, trust, mentorship, personal courage, and leadership in combat environments. Paul has published papers in the American Psychologist, Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Positive Psychology and Human Resource Development Review, as well as many book chapters. He is a coeditor with Drs. Patrick Sweeney and Michael Matthews of the recently published book Leadership in Dangerous Situations.
Paul is a graduate of the Infantry Officer’s Basic Course, Infantry Captain’s Career Course, the Combined Arms Staff and Service School, the Infantry Mortar Leader’s Course, as well as Airborne, Air Assault, Pathfinder and Ranger school. He was named as a recipient of the U.S. Army’s General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award. In addition to his degrees from USMA and the University of Nebraska, Paul holds a Masters degree in management from Murray State University and recently earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) credential.