The Impact of Leader Competence and Platoon Conditions on Platoon Performance in Simulated Combat Exercises
Final rept. Oct 1989-May 1994
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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This research concerned the quality of military leadership when, at the home post or station of a units assignment, leaders prepared their units for deployment to combat. Hypotheses were drawn from cognitive resources theory CRT to examine the influence of leader-boss stress and member support on a leaders use of personal resources in simulated combat exercises. Evidence supported predictions that member support influences the relationship between leadership competence and unit performance. The relationship among leader competence, leader experience, and leader-boss stress did not support CRT. Results are discussed with respect to CRT and other relevant leadership theory. Findings highlight the importance of attending to group conditions when planning intervention to enhance the effectiveness of unit leadership. Leadership, Group performance, Collective efficacy, Leader competence, Cognitive resource theory.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics