Understanding the Importance and Practice of Credible Leadership at Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems (PEO GCS) and Program Executive Office Combat Support and Combat Service Support (PEO CS and CSS)
Defense Acquisition University Sterling Heights United States
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The purpose of this study was to enhance understanding of the importance of credible leadership and the extent to which it was practiced at Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems PEO GCS and Program Executive Office Combat Support and Combat Service Support PEO CS and CSS.This study used a qualitative research methodology with the data obtained from focused group interviews. The data was provided by a focused group of eight Product Managers PMs or Product Directors PDs from both respective PEOs. The literature review confirmed that credible leaders possess specific traits and skills that increase their credibility and ultimately their leadership effectiveness. The focused interviews highlighted that all of the credible leadership traits and skills identified in the literature are important, but that practice of certain traits and skills lagged importance. Thus, there is an opportunity to improve the practice of several traits and skills important to effective leadership. The study also found that the amount of PEO experience affects perceptions of the importance of these traits and skills. The results of the study highlighted an opportunity for the PEOs to better align the importance and practice of the credible leadership traits and skills in the future. It is recommended that further investigation be undertaken to determine why PEO experience influences perceptions of the credible leadership traits and skills. Additional information received in this study also suggests that the hiring practices within the PEOs might be leading to cultural and morale issues that should be further investigated in a future command climate survey.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations