Accession Number : ADA308094

Title :   Using Personality Assessment for Leadership Selection.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept. Oct 93-Sep 95,

Corporate Author : NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Vickers, R. R., Jr

PDF Url : ADA308094

Report Date : JUL 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 38

Abstract : Leadership is a critical element of effective military performance. Leadership potential may be a function of personality, but this factor is not a criterion in current screening and selection programs. The present work was undertaken to establish a potential leadership screening profile by reviewing prior studies of the personality correlates of leadership. Leadership career development is a concern for individual military personnel and for military organizations. Individuals want career opportunities for realizing personal objectives such as advancement, financial rewards, and intrinsic satisfactions from work. Organizations want assignment strategies that provide optimal distribution of personnel for operational readiness. Initial entry level selection procedures are designed to ensure that recruits can master the technical components of their Navy occupational specialties. Mental ability is the best available predictor for technical proficiency (Hunter & Hunter, 1984; Schmill, Gooding, Noe, & Kirsch, 1984) and therefore is a focus of entry level selection. As careers progress, seniority typically will be accompanied by increased responsibility for administrative and leadership tasks. These added responsibilities may be performed most effectively by people who possess specific personality characteristics.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY PERSONNEL, *MILITARY STRATEGY, *OPERATIONAL READINESS, *QUALIFICATIONS, *MILITARY TRAINING, *MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS, *LEADERSHIP TRAINING, OPTIMIZATION, JOBS, LEADERSHIP, MANAGEMENT, PREDICTIONS, DISTRIBUTION, NAVY, CAREERS, PROFILES, ALLOCATIONS, PERSONNEL, PROFICIENCY, MENTAL ABILITY, SELECTION, PERSONNEL DEVELOPMENT, PERSONALITY, SPECIALIZATION.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Information Science
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE