“Berardi!, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!?” A Standard Operating Procedure For Making A High Performing BLT

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high-performance leadership tendencies
military leaders in culinary settings
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This Capstone examines high-performance leadership tendencies among former military leaders in culinary settings. Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis supported a series of inductive suppositions. Section 2 of the Capstone combines experiential pre and post-military stories and six qualitative interviews with military leaders to pinpoint five leadership tendencies drawn from the literature. Section 3 details qualitative interviews with senior culinary leaders. The research identified the following five high-performance tendencies: (1) Indoctrination, (2) Sustained Standards of Excellence, (3) Competency, (4) Care for Others, and (5) Adaptability. A short questionnaire helped newly appointed leaders self-assess their leadership approach to see if they implement any of the tendencies in their current environment. Employers could use a reformulation of the questionnaire as a tool to assess leadership tendencies of new employees. Lastly, the research found that experience in one field is transferable to other fields, and provides an individual with specific models and lenses for viewing an organization.

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Submitted to the Program of Organizational Dynamics, College of Liberal and Professional Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Masters of Science in Organizational Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania Advisor: Janet Greco
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