Leadership Styles in United States Marine Corps Transport Helicopter Squadrons
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis examined leadership styles in United States Marine Corps transport helicopter squadrons. Analyses were conducted to determine how leadership styles related to subordinate extra effort, leader effectiveness, satisfaction with leader, unit cohesion, and unit morale. The importance of military history to the development of military leaders was also examined. Leadership styles of officers were evaluated by the leader himself as well as his subordinates, superiors, and peers. Proactive transactional leadership leadership styles were found to be the most commonly used styles, while reactive and non-leadership were found to be the least used styles. Transformational styles had a strong relationship to subordinate extra effort, leader effectiveness, and unit cohesion and morale. Differences in how a leader perceived himself as compared to how others perceived his style were also related to effective leadership.
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