The Leadership Philosophy Model
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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In 1987 the Department of the Army published two documents addressing leadership at the senior level. Neither document, however, addressed the concept of leader philosophy. Although the concept, leader philosophy, is fairly well accepted there is no doctrinal guidance on what should be included in the philosophy. The VOL Variables of Leadership Model contains six variables which can generate considerable information and insight for a statement of leadership philosophy. The VOL Models flexibility allows expansion of other variables of leadership as they apply to an individual situation. This simple model provides a format for the senior leader to use so that he may share his leadership philosophy with subordinates. This carefully formulated statement will pave the way for an open and productive relationship between the senior leader and his subordinates. Teh proper application of the VOL Model will produce well-oriented leaders who in turn can develop a leadership philosophy that will produce effective organization.
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