A quantitative examination of the impact of career fields, total force components, early promotion, and number of deployments on personality traits of senior officers in the armed forces

by Gunn, Duane D., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2014, 280 pages; 3617986


The Department of Defense continues to reduce forces. As such, each service component relies heavily on each other to accomplish strategic goals and meet the nation's National Security Strategy. Leadership at the strategic level is paramount to achieve the nation's goals. This study utilizes quantitative statistical methodology to determine if there is a correlation between Personality Trait domains and specific demographics within the United States Air Force (USAF) among students participating in a Senior Developmental Education Distance Learning program. By comparing populations based upon results from the USAF developed Self-Description Inventory survey, the results show that there is very little statistical difference between Total Force Component, Career Fields, number of Deployments, Early Promotion or those who led early in a career. From the results, future research should focus on whether the USAF should be career based or behavioral based focused in its promotion system. Additionally, the research provides future analysis of the effect of blind spots as they may relate to personality traits and blind spots affects on the attention and intention of leaders within the USAF. Finally, future research needs to examine other factors such as in-residence versus distance learning students to determine if there are statistical differences between those populations.

AdviserDavid Stein
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Organizational behavior; Military studies
Publication Number3617986

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