A study of leadership differences between U.S. Navy Master Chiefs in carrier-based aviation squadrons

by Miller, Rochelle R., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2014, 107 pages; 3644835


Naval Aviation aircraft carrier-based squadron enlisted leadership (middle management) includes the rated Maintenance Master Chief Petty Officer (MMCPO), who directs the enlisted personnel in aircraft maintenance and the rated Command Master Chief Petty Officer (CMDCM), who is designated as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Commanding Officer supporting and mentoring enlisted personnel assigned to the command and their families. The impact of mission and personnel is critical to an aviation squadron in maintaining readiness for tasking. The leadership development programs that train these two Master Chiefs in performing their mission range from on-the-job training to structured leadership development programs. Using the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ) this study evaluated the leadership styles of the two professions as they are employed to perform their assigned tasks in supporting the aviation mission and sustaining enlisted personnel morale and family goals. This study explored the leadership styles of the two Master Chiefs and the results demonstrated that there was a positive correlation between them and transformational leadership. The outcome of the study also identified a difference that existed between the transformational leadership behaviors with Transformational Individualized Consideration (TIC) presenting the primary difference. This difference shows that the Command Master Chief has more tendencies to inspire motivation, intellectual stimulation, and pays attention to individual needs for achievement and growth as a mentor to the command sailors.

AdviserJay Avella
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Military studies
Publication Number3644835

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