Wisdom in the military context

Zacher, Hannes, McKenna, Bernard, Rooney, David, & Gold, Steven (2015) Wisdom in the military context. Military Psychology, 27(3), pp. 142-154.

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Abstract

On the basis of the Berlin wisdom paradigm, we define wisdom in the military context as expert knowledge and judgment concerning in extremis military operations. We measured wisdom in the military context by asking participants to give advice to an inexperienced officer facing an in extremis operation; subsequently, we coded their responses. Data were provided by 74 senior noncommissioned officers (NCOs) in the U.S. defense forces. In support of convergent validity, wisdom in the military context was positively related to general objective wisdom and general self-assessed wisdom. Relationships of wisdom in the military context and general objective wisdom with Big Five personality characteristics were nonsignificant, whereas general self-assessed wisdom was positively related to extraversion, agreeableness, and openness to experience, and it was negatively related to neuroticism. The findings provide initial support for the validity of the new wisdom in the military context measure. We discuss several implications for future research and practice regarding wisdom in the military context.

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ID Code: 92424
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Leadership, Military Personnel, Wisdom, Personality Traits
DOI: 10.1037/mil0000070
ISSN: 1532-7876
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 29 Jan 2016 00:58
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2016 23:22

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