Improving the Air Force Squadron Command Selection Process
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB United States
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This work presents an improved methodology for assessing and selecting Air Force squadron commanders, and subsequently paring them with the organizations they are best suited to lead. It argues that while leadership, environmental factors, and organizational culture are each important aspects of organizational effectiveness, it is the often-overlooked interaction between these three facets that has just as great an influence on an organizations success or failure. Additionally, these interactions influence leadership performance, from exemplary to toxic. It is these interactions and influences among and between the leader, environment and organization that play just as great a role in leadership performance as individual personality traits, education or life experiences. Understanding the leaders key role in organizational effectiveness, and given that the choice in squadron commander selection is the most variable of the three components, this study seeks to provide a recommended process that will improve upon the current paradigm of squadron command selection in the Air Force. The ultimate goal is a more informed process for pairing those most suitable commander candidates with possible units by utilizing predictive analytics and the Person-Environment Fit Theory to aid in selection.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations