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

  title={Character Strengths and Virtues of Developing Military Leaders: An International Comparison},
  author={M. Matthews and J. Eid and Dennis R. Kelly and J. K. Bailey and C. Peterson},
  journal={Military Psychology},
  pages={S57 - S68}
  • M. Matthews, J. Eid, +2 authors C. Peterson
  • Published 2006
  • Political Science
  • Military Psychology
  • Positive character strengths, virtues, and values are touted in military doctrine as critical for effective leadership, yet little evidence exists describing such traits in military samples. This study compared West Point cadets (N = 103), Norwegian Naval Academy cadets (N = 141), and U.S. civilians aged 18 to 21 (N = 838) with respect to 24 character strengths. Results generally showed that the absolute scores of West Point cadets were higher than either of the other 2 groups. However, when… CONTINUE READING
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