Leadership, Command and Control and Basic Competences

Sense-making, trust, stress, group cohesion and resilience, case studies, cultural awareness, gender, communication skills, mediation & negotiation, self-reflection, organizational culture, diversity management, temporary units, physical and psychological characteristics, human factors analysis, cognitive abilities, recruitment and selection, education and training, post-traumatic stress, military medicine.

Current Chair and contact for working group:

Dr. Soili Paananen, Finnish National Defence University




Past Chairs:


Scope: the aim and purpose of the Working Group

(The entries below are placeholders, which should be updated by the Working Group Chair in consultation with participants and contributors to the group.)

International cooperation on questions of military science and technology may present challenges because of classified information and potential commercial value.  Operating in an international forum at an unclassified level, this working group seeks to raise awareness about open-source developments of broad interest to our institutional members. Participants may use the open forums for situational awareness about unclassified developments and ongoing research. 

Keyword descriptors

lead, leadership, command, authority, training, character, culture, recruitment, selection, retention, career development, 

Topics addressed in previous conferences

Psychology and military applications: military resilience – the scale; military morale and its instruments; getting military personnel research findings into leadership training and development; Commanders’ decision making process during execution of operations; Formal and informal leadership processes; Military mid-level leaders’ ability and leadership—work satisfaction and organizational effectiveness

Current Working Group Activities

The working group is looking for contributors to prepare an annual digest of new and influential materials, including books, journal articles, and research projects, for the benefit of participants and institutional members.

History of the Working Group

This is one of the original eight working groups of the ISMS established at Amsterdam in 2008.

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