Essay on Military Leadership

1499 Words May 3rd, 2015 6 Pages
Military leadership theory brings forth the discovery of many ideas regarding the application of knowledge from a military background in a business environment. Much information was premised on business owners, managers and employees working collectively, how to improve communication skills, and how to define a goal and motivate others to follow it based on military leadership. The connection between these two worlds of business and military is apparent. Many of today’s companies derive their structure and leadership model from that which is applied in the army. The military typically has a main leader or a decision \ maker, who transmits orders to subordinates at lower levels. This model is almost identical to what is seen in many …show more content…
While many different leadership theories exist, most can be classified as one of eight major types:
"Great Man" Theory
The Great Man theory was highly popular in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. The mythology behind some famous leaders such as Julius Caesar, Abraham Lincoln, Alexander the Great and Mahatma Gandhi helped contribute to the idea that great leaders are not made, but born. Great Man theory states that the capacity for leadership is inherent and hereditary. This theory often portrays great leaders as heroic, mythic and destined to rise to leadership when needed. This term "Great Man" was used because leaders were only men and leadership was a predominantly male quality, especially in terms of military leadership (Wheeler, 2000).
Trait Theory
At the beginning of the twentieth century, the great man theory transitioned into the trait theory. This theory assumed that the qualities and traits of leaders are different from the qualities and traits of people who are not able to lead. This combination of specific qualities then enables those people who have them to become good leaders. For example, traits such as courage or self-confidence are all characteristics that could potentially be associated with great leaders. Ralph Stogdill, a Professor of Management Science and Psychology at Ohio State University, internationally known for his research and publications on leadership and organizations has studied this theory. He has concluded that such

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