Deployment or Demotion
Elizabeth H. Jones, Anthony J. Mento, Gregg T. Zavadasky, James N. Van Daniker
January 1, 2015
Strategy & General Management, Human Resources & Organizational Behavior
leadership, management, Organizational Behavior, military, military service
Journal of Critical Incidents
On the flight back to his home station, Captain Jack Thompson pondered his choices. He had to make the decision now because his unit was about to deploy to Afghanistan. During a rotation at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, CA, he had recognized leadership gaps in two platoons. He could leave the platoon leadership as it was, remove, and reassign the platoon leaders elsewhere in the battalion, or reorganize the company leadership internally. This decision would have a lasting impact on the company and on the careers of his platoon leaders.
- Assess the leadership and coaching skills of the unit leaders.
- Evaluate available options and recommend a course of action.