Leadership profile of a successful military middle manager.
Hicks, Rodney Lee
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The military, in general, and the Navy, in particular, are plagued by human resource problems which many attribute to the quality of leadership in the services. The emphasis of this study is to determine how successful career oriented military officers compare to their civilian counterparts on two very important dimensions of leadership: consideration and structure. And, whether any key background factors impact on the levels of consideration and structure among military officers. Utilizing the Leadership Opinion Questionnaire, this researcher surveyed four hundred and five (405) military officers at the Naval Postgraduate School to determine their level of consideration and structure. It was found that, of the background factors, age impacts most heavily on these dimensions of leadership and that the military in general and the Navy in particular compare unfavorably with their civilian counterparts on the dimension of consideration. It is recommended that a thorough reevaluation be accomplished of the design and implementation of the Navy's new Leadership Management Education and Training program to insure that consideration be emphasized at the outset of training, during the commissioning process and be continued throughout an officer's leadership training and career.
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