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Accession Number ADA565315
Title Applications of Strengths-Based Leadership Theory for the U.S. Army.
Publication Date Sep 2012
Media Count 49p
Personal Author M. Budreau M. Key-Roberts
Abstract The purpose of this research was to determine what strategies military leaders use to develop subordinate leaders, and if the current developmental process aligns with a strengths-based approach to leader development. A total of 41 active military leaders were interviewed by researchers from the U.S. Army Research Institute. Analysis of focus group transcripts resulted in 32 themes related to developing subordinate leaders. Through comparing and aggregating these codes, the initial 32 codes were collapsed into six higher-order categories (i.e., establishing positive climate, building subordinate capabilities, inspiring subordinates, caring for Soldiers, managing teams, and leader self-development). Leader processes identified by interviewees are congruent with a strengths-based approach and are consistent with other leader competency models. In particular, providing feedback, identifying strengths and weaknesses, taking care of Soldiers, utilizing subordinates' strengths, and empowering subordinates are widely used leader development strategies that are also supported by strengths-based leadership theory. The benefits gained from utilizing a strengths-based approach to leader development are relevant to the U.S. Army's goal of building adaptable leaders and retaining Soldiers past their initial enlistment or commission. Introducing leaders to the ideas contained within the higher-order leadership processes could produce more motivated, efficient, and satisfied Soldiers.
Keywords Adaptability
Conventional warfare
Enlisted personnel
Leader development
Leadership training
Officer personnel
Personnel development
Personnel retention
Positive psychology
Unconventional warfare

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92D - Education, Law, & Humanities
92B - Psychology
57T - Psychiatry
70D - Personnel Management, Labor Relations & Manpower Studies
92A - Job Training & Career Development
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author Air Force Space Development and Test Directorate, Kirtland AFB, NM.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Final rept. Mar 2009-Oct 2010.
NTIS Issue Number 1304
Contract Number N/A

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