Leadership: the key to meaning and resilience on deployment?

Murphy, Peter J. and Fogarty, Gerard J. (2009) Leadership: the key to meaning and resilience on deployment? In: Focus on human performance in land operations, Vol. 1. Australian Defence Force Psychology Organisation, Canberra, Australia, pp. 92-101. ISBN 978-0-642-296699-3

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Service personnel can be exposed to a range of pressures and threats during deployment. However, although some military personnel suffer detrimental physical and mental health outcomes following such exposures, a substantial majority shows remarkable resilience by remaining psychologically robust, both during and after deployment. If protective and adaptive factors can be clearly identified and understood, it is possible that effective coping can be enhanced for even those most vulnerable to the strain of deployment. In the present study, factors that potentially buffer the effects of deployment stressors were examined in an ARA unit (N = 428) deployed to East Timor during OP WARDEN. The factors studied were cohesion, leadership, morale, and meaning. Structural equation modelling indicated that leadership was a key variable in both buffering the immediate impact of stressors and also fostering the cohesion and morale. The implications of these findings are discussed in terms of what leaders can do to promote resilience through their behaviours.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Army publication. The correct APA citation for this article is: Murphy, P. J., & Fogarty, G. (2009). Leadership: The key to meaning and resilience on deployment? In P. J. Murphy (Ed.), Focus on Human Performance in Land Operations (Vol. 1, pp. 92-101). Canberra: Department of Defence.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2009 04:39
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2016 02:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: resilience; military leadership; military psychology
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810103 Command, Control and Communications
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/6124

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