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Predicting Loyalty: Examining the Role of Social Identity and Leadership in an Extreme Operational Environment—A Swedish Case
Swedish Defence University, Institutionen för ledarskap och ledning, Leadership and Command & Control Division Stockholm. Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, Sweden.
Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, Sweden, (SWE).
Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, Sweden, (SWE).
2023 (English)In: Armed forces and society, ISSN 0095-327X, E-ISSN 1556-0848Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Military organizations often emphasize the importance of loyalty. It has been suggested that loyalty enhances motivation to take great risks and strive to accomplish a mission. However, research into what influences loyalty among military personnel is scarce. Hence, the aim of this study was to examine how leadership and social identity fusion relate to loyalty, using data from a sample consisting of a Swedish military unit on a United Nation mission (N = 152) in Mali. Hierarchical multiple regression results generally showed that social identity fusion and leadership were positively related to a willingness to show loyalty to the closest workgroup, one’s own unit, and the mission. The findings indicate that leadership and high levels of social identity fusion may influence the willingness to be loyal to organizational goals. The practical implication of this study is increased knowledge about the importance of leadership and social identity in developing relevant loyalties.

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Leadership and Command & Control
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-12102DOI: 10.1177/0095327x221150948OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-12102DiVA, id: diva2:1825042
Available from: 2024-01-08 Created: 2024-01-08 Last updated: 2024-01-08

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