A Leadership Competency Model for U.S. Air Force Wing Chaplains
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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This study examines the leadership competencies considered essential for performance as United States Air Force wing chaplains, who serve at the unique intersection of ministry and military leadership. The study is framed as a leadership development issue for wing chaplains and recognizes the lack of a validated competency model as a basis for such development. Producing a validated competency model was the goal of this study. The methodological design is based on Boersmas 1988 research into pastoral management competencies and Huths 2006 similar study of Air Force healthcare administrators. A preliminary list of ministry and military leadership competencies formed the heart of the initial survey instrument, which was modified by a Delphi panel before being administered to active duty Air Force Chaplain Corps personnel. Exploratory factor analysis of 72 leadership competencies yielded a 15-factor solution. The study rank orders leadership competencies by calculated mean, details factor analysis results, and analyzes competency factors relative to significant demographic data. The relationship between wing chaplain preparation, wing chaplain performance, and personal job satisfaction is also discussed.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations