The Army is working to flush toxic leaders from its ranks. A survey of more than 22,630 soldiers from the rank of E-5 through O-6 and Army civilians showed that roughly one in five sees his or her superior as “toxic and unethical,” while only 27 percent believe that their organization allows the frank and free flow of ideas.
“You could look at this and say 82 percent of Army leaders are doing good and great things, but our nature isn’t going to be congratulatory,” said Col. Thomas Guthrie, director of the Center for Army Leadership, which has conducted the Annual Survey of Army Leadership since 2005. “Eighteen percent is too high even if it is perceived. It’s trying to change those climates out there, those individual behaviors, that’s taking some time. We do have to invoke some change, and we have to look internally for that.”
Everything communicates. The Army is transitioning from war fighting back to peacetime.
It’s military corporate wisdom that there are peacetime types and wartime types. Obviously there is lots of crossover (and people not good in either), but there are dudes who join the military who don’t do well in a peacetime military, who will have a hard time getting along with subordinates who have not done four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. The Peacetime types would think the wartime types are poor administrators and corner-cutters (toxic- unethical), etc.
A military staring at $500B (+?) in cuts has been oddly quiet.