The Effects of Communication Strategies and Situational Contexts on Army Leaders Willingness to be Inclusive with their Soldiers
Technical Report,01 Jul 2016,30 Sep 2017
CONSORTIUM OF UNIVERSITIES WASHINGTON DC WASHINGTON DC United States
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The U.S. Army seeks to foster climates for inclusion to facilitate force readiness and enhance force capabilities. Through the implementation of inclusive practices, the Army aims to leverage its broad diversity toward solving complex, multi-faceted mission objectives. The current research effort aimed to both investigate the effectiveness of various inclusion-based communications strategies and examine the situational contexts in which Army leaders are likely to foster inclusion within their units. Results indicate that communications highlighting the benefits of inclusion does not increase Army leaders willingness to be inclusive compared to communications that merely define inclusion in the Army. Findings did indicate, however, that situational context and type of inclusive action does influence Army leaders willingness to be inclusive. These findings provide insight about the boundary conditions of inclusion in the Army and add to the burgeoning empirical research on inclusion, more broadly.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Sociology and Law