Comparative analysis of soldiers' perceptions of a military leader's behavior within the dangerous and within the conventional context

by Verren, Tatiana A., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2012, 108 pages; 3519017

Abstract:

The theory of contextual leadership is a relatively new way of seeing leadership theory that considers that leadership is dependent on the context. One of the recognized leadership contexts is the dangerous context that is characterized by an environment of physical threat to human life. Despite the fact that dangerous context places great demands on the leadership within combat, the dangerous context of military leadership has been under-researched in comparison to the military leadership within the conventional environment. The major reason for this study was to research leader's attributes which can help the military as well as other high reliability organizations to better prepare individuals to lead in a dangerous context. The research employed a random sample survey of 175 California Army National Guard's military members and used LBDQ Form XII questionnaire and demographic questions regarding rank, education, and combat experience of the participants. The data was analyzed using two statistical analyses: the t test and ANOVA. The t test results of the study denoted that there were no significant differences found in leadership behavior as well as in leadership behavior types within combat conditions in comparison to the garrison conditions. The ANOVA test results discovered that there was no significant relationship between the leadership behavior and leadership behavior types and demographic factors of rank, education, and combat experience. The only significant relationship that was found was between the level of education and leader behavior types. The study results did not support the contextual leadership theory. The conducted study results denoted that the leadership behavior in combat is no different than the leadership behavior at home base.

AdviserWerner D. Gottwald
SchoolCAPELLA UNIVERSITY
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Occupational psychology; Military studies
Publication Number3519017

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