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Accession Number ADA565249
Title Leadership and Ethics: An Individual Challenge.
Publication Date May 2011
Media Count 44p
Personal Author C. P. Samaris
Abstract This paper examines the Army's perceived need for a 'written' professional ethic. Through a 'Profession of Arms Campaign,' the Army intends to redefine itself as a profession and publish a professional ethic. The relevant literature asserts that current doctrine, values, oaths, and creeds are insufficient to guide ethical leader behavior. It cites marquee examples of ethical failures that might not have occurred had there existed a comprehensive professional ethic to guide leaders. While there are relatively few examples of this type, the hypothesis is that these failures constitute an Army ethic problem, not an individual leader problem. The paper asserts to the contrary; that it is an individual leader problem. That Army leadership doctrine, while not perfect, is sufficient to guide leaders if it is understood, internalized, and modeled. It analyzes three of the marquee cases noted above through the lens of FM 6-22 'Army Leadership.' It shows that each 'ethical' failure correlates directly to an individual leader's failure to adhere to current doctrine. Just as our doctrine is not perfect, neither are our leaders. As such, it offers a 'realist' approach to appreciating (and ultimately accepting) the fact that none of our leaders are perfect, and that not all are professional.
Keywords Abu ghraib
Army doctrine
Army leadership requirements model
Army personnel
Army values
Core leader competencies
Criminal investigations
Cultural change
Detainee abuse
Junior officer retention
Leader character
Mcchrystal stanley
Military commanders
Military doctrine
Profession of arms campaign
Professional ethic
Warrior ethos
Zero-defects army

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 70B - Management Practice
92C - Social Concerns
92B - Psychology
57T - Psychiatry
70D - Personnel Management, Labor Relations & Manpower Studies
88D - Personnel
92A - Job Training & Career Development
74 - Military Sciences
Corporate Author Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Research paper.
NTIS Issue Number 1304
Contract Number N/A

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