A Leadership Development Model for United States Air Force Civil Engineering Company Grade Officers
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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This thesis examined the definition of leadership, individual leadership traits desired in leaders, leadership principles practiced by leaders, and the concepts of the trait, behavioral, and contingency leadership theories. Second, this research examined the leadership traits and principles U. S. Air Force CE senior leaders perceive to be essential for CE company grade officers to possess and practice, and what they feel to be the strongest leadership qualities traits and principles which have enabled them to reach the position they are currently in. Third, this research examined leadership development programs and opportunities available to U.S. Air Force CE company grade officers. Fourth, this research examined the methods used by the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, and corporate organizations, such as McDonnell Douglas, IBM, and General Motors, to develop leadership skills and abilities in company grade engineering officers and young managers, and whether these methods can be tailored to meet U.S. Air Force CE needs. Finally, this research examined the leadership problems that slowed the accomplishment of exercise objectives in the Air Force CE portion of Exercise SALTY DEMO to see whether these problems can be prevented in future exercises or war.
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