Senior Leader Credibility
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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U.S. Army officers develop leadership skills during initial assignments in which they frequently exercise direct leadership over subordinates. When they become more senior officers they find themselves in positions where direct leadership skills, learned as junior officers, are inappropriate. Leadership at senior levels involves a different type of work than at lower organizational levels and this requires leaders to possess a different set of skills, knowledge, and attributes in order to be successful. The purpose of this paper is to examine senior leadership theories and then to look at senior leadership from a constituents perspective using the concept of credibility. The paper concludes with a review of available studies of senior U.S. Army leaders to see how the concept of credibility is related to the work requirements of senior Army leaders and the role credibility has in helping these leaders to be effective.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations