Leadership Actions as Evaluated by Experienced Company-Grade Officers
HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH ORGANIZATION ALEXANDRIA VA
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The study was designed to determine the desirability of certain leader actions for battalion commanders, company commanders, and platoon leaders and possible effects of source of commission ROTC and OCS and branch specialty Infantry, Armor, and Army Aviation upon the judged desirability of leader actions. Random samples of experienced officers attending Officer Advanced Courses at the Army Infantry and Armor Schools rated 36 leader actions on desirability for the three command levels. No differences were found between groups differentiated according to source of commission and branch specialty. Differences were found in desirability ratings for the three command levels in relation to mission accomplishment, with increased decentralization desired as command level goes up. Differences also occurred between functional groupings. It was concluded that experienced officers possess a firm view of desirable and undesirable actions for leaders, discriminating between command levels and preferring decentralized, positively motivating leadership.
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