Influence of IED attacks on leadership: Dealing with the invisible enemy
2012 (English)In: Res Militaris, E-ISSN 2265-6294, Vol. 2, no 3, Summer/ÉtéArticle in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this study was to gain a deeper understanding of leadership in military operations characterized by the presence of critical incidents (IED attacks). Twenty-one Swedish soldiers and officers (ranking from soldier to colonel) who had experienced IED attacks in Afghanistan during the period 2005-2008 were interviewed, and their responses were analyzed according to grounded theory methodology. A model was developed according to which the essence of military leadership immediately following an IED attack could be summarized as recapturing control over self, the group and the task. The model also illuminates the importance of selected pre-existing conditions and the leader's appraisal/ sensemaking processes. Nine leadership acts of balance were identified, including balanced grief (self), balanced focus on emotional and functional recovery (group), and balanced handling of safety versus necessary risk-taking (task).
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 2, no 3, Summer/Été
Military, Sweden, Afghanistan, leadership, IED attacks, irregular warfare, trust.
Research subject Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden; Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-37242OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-37242DiVA: diva2:844241