ERIC Number: ED070902
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of Command Position upon Evaluations of Leader Behavior.
Lackey, L. L.; And Others
The study was designed to determine the effects of command position--battalion commander and company commander--upon evaluations of the desirability of certain leader actions. Twenty-two U.S. Army officers who had served as battalion commanders (Group I) and 22 who had served as company commanders (Group II) rated 36 leader actions on their desirability for battalion and for company commanders. Battalion commanders do not differentiate between the two command levels on the desirability of leader actions. Company commanders differentiate about actions concerned with the centralization of authority and responsibility and consider these to be more desirable for both command levels. Both groups rated positive motivation and emotional support as desirable and punitive or negatively motivating actions as slightly undesirable. The implications of the differences in expectations about leader behavior on effective organizational functioning, leadership doctrine, and training are discussed. (Author)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of the Chief of Research and Development (Army), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Human Resources Research Organization, Alexandria, VA.