Author: Fabian Boettcher
Institution: FOM University of Applied Sciences for Economics and Management (Luxembourg)
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0982-2364
Published online: 20 June 2022
Final submission: 24 April 2022
Printed issue: 15 July 2022
Source: Show
Page no: 17
DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/ppsy202227
PDF: ppsy/51/ppsy202227.pdf

Within the context of increasingly digital work, it appeared interesting to look at how military leaders and their leadership style will have to adapt to remain “up-to-speed” with current challenges. It is qualitative research based on interviews with military and civilian experts. Four interviews have been conducted, but there would be the potential to interview many more experts and look deeper into the matter. Within the context of digitalised military leadership, the importance of communication and mutual trust has been underscored by the experts. They agreed that leaders nowadays must embrace digital developments and include them in their leadership styles. The civilian world can learn from the military when it comes to leadership approaches, which is happening at the time of publication of this article with practical examples (senior military leaders assigned to lead the pandemic task force in some countries). Overall, the outcome of the research is that a relevant and resilient military leadership style in the 21st century resembles the elements of the situational leadership style developed by Hersey-Blanchard.

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