Military Leadership in Business Organizations: Asset or Liability?

By Kwong Weng Yap.

Published by The Organization Collection

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Leadership is essential regardless of industry. Despite the ubiquitous nature of leadership, a full understanding of military leadership remains elusive. Although contemporary military’s operations involve the most complex tasks that involve efficient leadership, stereotypes by civilian organizations on military personnel are apparent. The purpose of this article is to discuss the misperceptions that people place on military personnel and highlight that military leaders can be valuable resources to organizations. This article adopts a qualitative approach and explains the premise that experienced military professionals, with the right resources can benefit private organizations and greater society. The article also features a model based on key humanistic features of military leadership to complement business organizations. While this conceptual paper cannot answer all issues on military leadership, key points have been outlined for future debate and discussion.

Keywords: Military, Leadership, Organizations, Knowledge, Performance, Teams

The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 7, Issue 9, pp.51-60. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 589.755KB).

Kwong Weng Yap

Army Officer, Singapore Armed Forces, University of Glasgow, UK

Captain Yap is a Commando Officer by vocation in the Singapore Armed Forces. He has held appointments that include Intelligence Officer, Platoon Commander and Ranger Instructor. Captain Yap graduated from the grueling US Navy’s Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL course and is also a qualified military freefaller. These experiences enabled him to lead from the frontline and witness how soldiers react under extreme conditions. The author is a Ph.D. candidate from the University of Glasgow.


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