Military Leadership

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In my research on military leadership I have contended that the suitable model for understanding contemporary armed forces should not be based on a linear progression of different types of militaries but a cumulative one in which new tasks, environments and potential enemies have been added to previous ones. Thus the focus on new missions and their environments implicates a model that underscores the co-existence of older, more conventional values and orientations alongside with (and not necessarily being replaced with) newer emphases. Accordingly, there is a need here for added leadership capabilities and capacities to the more conventional ones. There will continue to be the need for military leaders who have at least the psychological and physical levels of their subordinates along with initiative and courage. But such leaders will also need many new capacities such as the ability to be in charge of organic structures and loosely-coupled systems, use changed bases of power (building consensus in addition to formal authority, for example), lead under constantly shifting contingencies, boundary-spanning across national and organizational boundaries, and provide guidance in ideologically and politically fraught circumstances.

Publications

Boas Shamir and Eyal Ben-Ari Challenges of Military Leadership in Changing Armies Journal of Political and Military Sociology 28(1): 43-59, 2000.

Boas Shamir and Eyal Ben-Ari Leadership in an Open Army? Civilian Connections, Interorganizational Frameworks and Changes in Military Leadership. In James G. Hunt, George Dodge and Leonard Wong(eds.): Out-of-the-Box Leadership: Transforming the Twenty-First-Century Army and Other Top-Performing Organizations. 15-40. Stamford, Conn.: JAI Press, 1999.

Eyal Ben-Ari and Boas Shamir Hybrid Wars, Complex Environments and Transformed Forces: Leadership in Contemporary Armed Forces. In G.A.J. van Dyk (ed): Strategic Challenges for the African Armed Forces for the Next Decade. Stellenbosch: Sun Press. 1-16, 2009. [PDF | Download]

Challenges of Leadership in Contemporary Expeditionary Operations. In Henrik Furst and Gerhard Kummel (eds): Core Values and the Expeditionary Mindset: Armed Forces in Metamorphosis. Baden-Baden: Nomos. Pp. 35-50. 2011

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Eyal Ben-Ari Challenges of Leadership in Contemporary Expeditionary Operations. In Henrik Furst and Gerhard Kummel (eds): Core Values and the Expeditionary Mindset: Armed Forces in Metamorphosis. Baden-Baden: Nomos. Pp. 35-50, 2011. [PDF | Download]

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