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Commanders' Priorities and Psychological Readiness.
WALTER REED ARMY INST OF RESEARCH WASHINGTON DC
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This brief research report summarizes the results of a study by the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research WRAIR on commanders priorities and psychological readiness. The study confirms some conventional wisdom regarding leadership that leaders beliefs and values can influence subordinates psychological readiness for combat. The study examined 51 Army company-sized units. Results show that leader emphasis on soldier morale or human dimensions issues is positively related to soldier readiness indicators. Company commanders who place a high emphasis on soldier morale issues have soldiers in their units who score significantly higher on a range of psychological readiness indicators. The research concludes that leaders values are related to the mental health and readiness of their subordinates. Leader beliefs appear to influence the perceptions and behaviors of subordinates, which in turn affect overall unit readiness.
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