Trust in a military context: What contributes to trust in superior and subordinate leaders
2013 (English)In: Journal of Trust Research, ISSN 2151-5581, E-ISSN 2151-559X, Vol. 3, no 2, 125-145 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim was to explore which components military personnel in peacekeeping operations perceive as contributing to trust in their superior and subordinate leaders during international or national operations or exercises. Data were collected among 591 military officers and cadets from Norway and Sweden using a questionnaire with open-ended questions. Two superior categories emerged: Individual-Related Characteristics and Communication- and Relationship-Related Characteristics. The former is made up of the higher-level categories Personal attributes and Experience and competence. The latter is derived from the higher-level categories Consideration and inspiration and Effective communication. In turn, all higher-level categories are underpinned by a number of subcategories (13 altogether). When comparing trust in superior leaders with trust in subordinate leaders, the results show that trust in superiors is characterised to a greater extent by Communication- and Relationship-related characteristics and also by Experience and professional knowledge. Trust in subordinate leaders is characterised to a greater extent by Personal attributes and Management competence.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2013. Vol. 3, no 2, 125-145 p.
trust, military, character-based trust, relationship-based trust, leadership
Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
Research subject Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-4550DOI: 10.1080/21515581.2013.820029OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-4550DiVA: diva2:714379