An analysis of leadership opportunities, experiences and influence at the United States Naval Academy from the perspective of midshipmen
Stonaker, Kristopher W.
Laurence, Janice H.
Mallory, Linda D.
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This thesis explores the leadership opportunities available to midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy, from the perspective of the midshipmen. The purpose was to identify which leadership opportunities, experiences and influences are viewed as highly beneficial to their development as leaders. The research was primarily qualitative in nature, using focus groups with 12 cohorts of midshipmen. Additionally, a quantitative analysis was conducted to compare and contrast the results. The results of this study indicate that the midshipmen primarily learn leadership from other midshipmen, role models, formal leadership positions they fulfill (specifically small unit leadership positions), gender relations and the classroom environment. This thesis presents recommendations to highlight and expand additional leadership positions, experiences or opportunities for midshipmen leadership development. Recommendations for improvements in leadership instruction are also provided
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