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Disciplined initiative; freedom to improvise under directive leadership

Langen, S.K. van (2014) Disciplined initiative; freedom to improvise under directive leadership.

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Abstract:This research looks at if disciplined initiative allows subordinates room for improvisation in unforeseen circumstances, in order to reach an acceptable end-state. To make room for disciplined initiative, a part of the mission command philosophy, directive leaders need to loosen control and allow their subordinates freedom. To find out if it works this research analysis literature based on reports, interviews, and memoires from world war 2 veterans that served in the elite US Easy Company, as part of the 101st airborne division. Analysing cases from Easy Company it was found that giving subordinates room to improvise could indeed lead to very satisfactory results. This shows that directive leadership does not mean that leaders hold absolute control and subordinates are left with little freedom, with directive leadership you can give subordinates as much freedom as possible as long as it is not compromising the organisation of the greater group you work with. Previously directive leadership was thought of as giving little freedom to subordinates.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
De Inspelers, The Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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