A Matter of Perspective
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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While there will always be a critical need for tactical and technical competency, the focus on how human factors impact military leadership and outcomes continues to grow. Understanding and anticipating human behavior will always matter most in a time of high-risk, high pay-off persistent engagement. The need for a deeper understanding and appreciation of others perspectives and cultures is relevant in a wide range of missions, and especially so in a joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multi-national context. For the military, the goal of gaining perspective is not necessarily to instill altruistic behavior, acquiesce to anothers outlook, or encourage leaders to take pity, but to collaborate or in certain cases compete with others by suspending ones own beliefs and biases to gain an accurate understanding as to others motives, ultimately to secure U.S. objectives. Not only is perspective-taking a critical component in achieving cultural awareness and understanding, but it also is necessary for the development of interpersonal skills that enable effective communication, relationship-building, negotiation, and conflict resolution.
- Government and Political Science
- Sociology and Law
- Military Forces and Organizations