Accession Number : ADA309601

Title :   Leadership and Unit Effectiveness in Combat Infantry Platoons.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Sep 88-Sep 89,

Corporate Author : INSTITUTE FOR MILITARY STUDIES ZIKHRON YA'AQOV (ISRAEL)

Personal Author(s) : Geva, Nehemia ; Gal, Reuveu

PDF Url : ADA309601

Report Date : MAR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 37

Abstract : Mapping the components of military leadership exhibited by Israeli platoon leaders was achieved using subjective reports by the platoon leaders themselves and by others (peers, subordinates, and supervisors) regarding perceptions of their leadership. The subjective reports (implicit perceptions of leadership) extracted from the analysis of our respondents (91 infantry platoon leaders) suggest the following tentative scheme of leadership: The Israeli platoon leader's representations include both 'internal' qualities of the leaders and overt behavioral patterns. The internal qualities are: Two types of military skills (personal and command abilities); two types of motivations (general achievement and military/organizational commitment); and a general factor of traits. The main theme of all the internal elements is a mission-oriented and success-driven individual combatant. The external-overt factor, i.e., behavioral patterns, reveal the classical dimensions of leadership: mission- and task-related behaviors; the human relations aspects of the group maintenance behavior; and, finally, a value-transmission and educational activity.

Descriptors :   *ISRAEL, *COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, *LEADERSHIP, *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), *PATTERNS, *BEHAVIOR, *PLATOON LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, GROUP DYNAMICS, EDUCATION, SKILLS, ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), INFANTRY PERSONNEL, MOTIVATION, PERCEPTION(PSYCHOLOGY), HUMAN RELATIONS.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Psychology
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE