Accession Number:

ADA612473

Title:

Breaking the Bathsheba Syndrome: Building a Performance Evaluation System That Promotes Mission Command

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2014-05-22

Pagination or Media Count:

64.0

Abstract:

The 2014 National Defense Authorization Act has directed the Department of Defense to reconsider the way the Army evaluates and selects leaders. This call for reform comes after repeated surveys from the Center for Army Leadership have suggested a widespread dissatisfaction with the current approach. Research in talent management shows that an effective performance appraisal system should promote and encourage the leadership attributes identified as most important to the organization. The Army leadership doctrine describes a philosophy of mission command based on mutual trust and decentralized initiative as the cornerstone of its leadership approach. To help inform this discussion, the research for this paper examined the current performance evaluation system to determine whether the evaluation system properly assesses and selects officers suited to exercise mission command. Assessing the evaluation system required a number of steps. First, it was necessary to understand the essential leader attributes required for the exercise of mission command and then consider methods for evaluating this behavior. The next step included a review of the history of the existing Army performance evaluation system and an analysis of how well this existing system conformed to the attributes of mission command. An examination of the body of research done by the Army into its existing performance evaluation model greatly aided assessment of the current system. Finally, it was necessary to investigate other methods of performance evaluation outside of the Army to determine if those methods could provide a better model. The research examined a variety of best practice models in private business and the public sector and identified alternative approaches to performance evaluation. Three alternative models were chosen for scrutiny because they demonstrated an ability to specifically identify and select for the leader attributes essential to mission command. The study found that the Armys

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE