Abstract. This Paper Will Explore The Roles And Motivational

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Abstract This paper will explore the roles and motivational factors of Commissioned Officers in the United States military. The professional leader lives and embodies the values of the organizational culture that is the military. The military is constructed upon a hierarchal organization structure composed of individuals with the yearning to lead others to the standards set in place by military ethos. The role of a commissioned officer is to embody these values in and out of uniform while also leading and mentoring those around him to result in a successful work environment. This paper will illustrate how the military maintains the high standard of a successful organization with the guidance of its commissioned officers. Keywords:…show more content…
Non-commissioned officers work in a middle management role and delegate to lower ranking soldiers. Leadership styles and the motivators used by commissioned officers influences their ability to establish a cohesive work environment. Officers are assumed to be natural born leaders and the initial enhancement of these skills are to take place during the length of their four-year degree with the guidance of The Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC). ROTC broadly introduces students to different leadership styles and how to apply them to scenarios that may arise throughout the duration of their career. The instructors in an ROTC program are composed of non-commissioned officers who are enlisted soldiers that rise through the ranks and become the direct supervisors of lower enlisted soldiers. Non-commission officers can guide with the experience they possess and commissioned officers lack. Officers commission into the military with the intent to maintain a supervisorial position throughout their whole career but in various positions and ranks. In a study conducted about military leadership, Utecht and Heier(1976) refered to leadership competence as the deciding factor that moves officers among various levels in the military. Officers are expected to be multifaceted and easily adapt to the conditions and requirements of any given position. Utecht and Heier’s study intended to test Fielder’s contingency theory in predicting military leaders were only successful because
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