Accession Number:

AD1159447

Title:

Change Initiative: Improving Morale in Times of Defeat

Descriptive Note:

[Technical Report, Monograph]

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2020-05-21

Pagination or Media Count:

67

Abstract:

Large Scale Combat Operations pose significant risk to morale based on the chaos created by high casualty rates, near-peer capabilities, and contention across all domains. Leaders can use elements of John Kotters change model and Ardant du Picqs morale theory to quickly improve the fighting spirit of their organizations by creating a climate for change, engaging and enabling change, and implementing and sustaining change to maintain high morale and enable victory. The leadership of Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery of the British Eighth Army in World War II and General Matthew B. Ridgway of the American Eighth Army in Korea are evaluated using structured, focused comparison logic. Ultimately, establishing trust, unity of effort, and confidence in abilities improves morale and likely leads to future victory as long as the political environment supports continued combat operations.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

[A, Approved For Public Release]