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作者 Wakefield, G. Scott
書名 The experience of self-reported transformation in military leaders
國際標準書號 0496020390
book jacket
說明 182 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 65-08, Section: A, page: 3066
Chair: Barbara P. Mink
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Fielding Graduate Institute, 2004
Being a leader in the military in the 21st Century requires different skills than 30 years ago. The environment, the kind of soldier enlisting, and the kind of leading have changed. The purpose of this study was to examine the self-reported experience of transformation in military leaders to gain an understanding of the characteristics that impact middle age men in a transformational setting. The qualitative research methodology used in this study was exploratory study, an explanation of characteristics and meanings by those who lived the experience. Anecdotal data were collected from 80 participants who participated in a variety of training experiences involving behavioral sciences concepts, several of which self-reported an experience of transformation. Of those interviewed, 13 White male, middle-age military leaders were interviewed in more depth. The interviews were transcribed and themes extracted. The analysis methodology was an inductive process intended to identify and understand the characteristics of the experience and compare the experience with the literature on human development, masculinity, and transformation. The analysis involved many iterations of sifting through interviews looking for evidence of categories. Findings suggested both internal and external factors impacting the experience. The data suggested that: (a) men need to be invited to learn about self; (b) environments for learning need to be safe, supportive and at the same time challenging; (c) the setting should include tools designed to create behaviors close to those back in the work setting and provide alternatives. The data further suggested that initially there was an aspect of being outside one's conscious awareness and the need for increasing awareness of the consequences of this unawareness. Additionally, five characteristics emerged that suggested the importance of understanding the delicate balance of the intersection of transformation theory within a masculine context. The five characteristics included: increased awareness of self; increased sensitivity to conflict between self and assumptions; release from arbitrary internal constraints; awareness of patterns that no longer serve self, and a release from external constraints. These findings have implications for the design of learning events that increase the potential for creating self-aware and adaptable leaders in the military
School code: 1410
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Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 65-08A
主題 Business Administration, Management
Political Science, Public Administration
Psychology, Developmental
0454
0617
0620
Alt Author Fielding Graduate Institute
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