Accession Number : ADA280906


Title :   The Element of Fear in the Practice of Military Leadership


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Borcherding, Ruediger


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a280906.pdf


Report Date : Mar 1994


Pagination or Media Count : 301


Abstract : As a contrast to Edward Deming's requirement to 'drive out fear' from the workplace many managers will view fear as an appropriate management tool. This was supported by the Ryan and Oestreich report in 1991. To explore the current status of fear in the military workplace, this study investigates a particular superior-subordinate relationship at company level in the Army environment at Fort Ord, California. A sequence of in-depth interviews with a Company Commander and his Executive Officer provide the data base. A fear model is developed to assist in categorizing and analyzing the articulated fears. The array of fears recorded during the interviews enabled us to address the following issues: (1) the extent to which fear is applied as a management tool, (2) whether the use of fear in a leadership context is viewed appropriate by the officers, and (3) the possible impact of the use of fear on the relationship between the two officers.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , *MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL , *FEAR , *MOTIVATION , *WORKLOAD , *OFFICER PERSONNEL , *PRODUCTIVITY , LEADERSHIP , TOTAL QUALITY MANAGEMENT , COST EFFECTIVENESS , WORK , WORK STATIONS , MODELS , PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT , THESES


Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Economics and Cost Analysis
      Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE