Lack of emotional intelligence as a factor in the relief of US Army commanders
Technical Report,26 Jun 2017,24 May 2018
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States
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US Army leaders require more than tactical and operational leadership competency to achieve mission success in combat operations. Further, skill on the battlefield can be overshadowed by consequences from unintended actions. Throughout military history, some seasoned combat leaders in command of American troops in combat have made irreconcilable mistakes along the way that did not directly relate to combat actions. Despite honorable intentions in some cases, many of these leaders careers ended with their removal from command. Current US Army leadership doctrine describes the expectations and desired capabilities of its leaders, but too often senior leaders get it wrong. This happens, in part, because the lens used to assess leaders neglects key factors including Emotional intelligence a psychological approach that broadens the leadership assessment lens while providing an improved framework to develop todays combat leaders as they adapt to an increasingly complex operating environment.
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