Character Strengths and Virtues of Developing Military Leaders: An International Comparison

@article{Matthews2006CharacterSA,
  title={Character Strengths and Virtues of Developing Military Leaders: An International Comparison},
  author={Michael D. Matthews and Jarle Eid and Dennis R. Kelly and Jennifer K. S. Bailey and Christopher Peterson},
  journal={Military Psychology},
  year={2006},
  volume={18},
  pages={S57 - S68}
}
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