Generational Change: Implications for the Development of Future Military Leaders

Paul Whelan
2006 Connections The Quarterly Journal  
In the last decade, the raison d'être of the international military environment has experienced a transition in scope and perspective. These changes in military perspective have an impact on the way the military interacts with both the professional and nonprofessional world within which it operates. Employee aspirations and attributes are evolving too. Today's employees exhibit values and aspirations different from their older generational counterparts. Both of these factors conspire to paint
more » ... altered and challenging landscape for the practice of leadership and management in the military in future years. This paper will address the future of military leadership and management within the context of generational change among its management employees. It will outline this future in the context of the new and wider purpose of the Irish Defense Force. It will present current evidence gathered from the science of organizational behavior and management, and contrast this evidence with the model of training and socialization processes that the Irish military currently applies to cadets and newly commissioned officers, or more appropriately, the military managers of the future.
doi:10.11610/connections.05.2.08 fatcat:glcnrejk4vbqhjcvcikfmlukei