Leadership in the U.S. Army: A qualitative exploratory case study of the effects toxic leadership has on the morale and welfare of soldiers

by Mueller, Robert A., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2012, 420 pages; 3499918


Reed (2004) and Reed and Bullis (2009) discovered toxic Army leaders are individuals who have behavioral traits and characteristics that can inflict serious and enduring harm to their followers in their organizations. The poor leadership practices can cause a unit to not meet its mission objectives, and in the more severe situations, can cause injuries or death. In 2011, four Army brigade commanders were relieved of duty because their senior general officers lost confidence in their ability to lead. The objective of this study examined toxic leadership and how it has an effect on the morale and welfare of Soldiers. With exploratory qualitative case study, face-to-face interviews, and extensive literature review to back up the data, the researcher found that toxic leaders can cause serious harm to Army units. The results and findings of this study could be used for knowledge and planning to decrease the phenomenon of toxic leadership that currently exists in Army organizations.

AdviserCalvin Lathan
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Organizational behavior; Military studies
Publication Number3499918

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