Accession Number:

ADA229937

Title:

Combat Leader Characteristics

Descriptive Note:

Research rept.

Corporate Author:

AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

89.0

Abstract:

This report hypothesizes that combat leaders require different traits and skills than military leaders in peacetime, based on the assumption that the characteristics of these two types of leaders must be different because of the perceived differences in their behaviors. Neither this assumption nor the hypothesis thesis, was supported. A comparison of leaders in general, who were assumed to resemble military leaders in peacetime, and combat leaders showed that they shared nearly all of the characteristics correlated with leaders. Regardless of environment--combat, peacetime military, business, government--the differences in the characteristics of leaders were relatively minor. This comparison is based upon the results of scientific research and the observations of major military historians, American combat leaders and the military services.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Psychology
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE