Title

Military leadership development strategies: implications for training in non-military organizations

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2017

Publication Source

Industrial and Commercial Training

Volume

49

Issue

7/8

Inclusive pages

357-364

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1108/ICT-06-2017-0047

Publisher

Emerald Publishing Limited

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore how branches of the USA military conduct leadershipdevelopment of their members to build on existing knowledge of effective approaches. The military, often credited for its ability to develop leadership competencies, has been overlooked and offers a new context for consideration in training. Training strategies presented may offer organization leaders new insight into enhancing current leadership development programs.

Design/methodology/approach

A review of accessible military doctrine in recent decades was conducted to determine leadership development methodology for possible transferability into industry.

Findings

The military’s diverse perspectives on service member leadership development offered insightful methods for application in commercial training. Four development strategies were identified and are discussed.

Research limitations/implications

The purpose of the military is unique from non-military organizations and, as such, each of the leadership development training approaches may not be applicable or feasible for traditional employees. Further exploration of leadership development in the US military is required to better understand the impact of the training.

Originality/value

A review of existing literature revealed little evidence of examining the military’s approach to developing leaders, even though employers claim to hire veterans because of their leadershipabilities. Each of the identified development components are distinguishable from traditional leadership programs and present readers a series of opportunities to consider.

Keywords

Training, Leadership development, Military, Technology and innovation

Disciplines

Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Organizational Behavior and Theory

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