Swift Trust in Ad Hoc Military Organizations

Paul B. Lester and Gretchen R. Vogelgesang

in The Oxford Handbook of Military Psychology

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780195399325
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Swift Trust in Ad Hoc Military Organizations

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In this chapter, we explore the rapid development of interpersonal trust—known as “swift trust”—within temporary systems and focus on our attention on the military context. We suggest that, within the leader–follower dyad, followers make swift trust decisions based on a series of appraisals regarding both static and dynamic factors about the leader. We suggest that certain leader behaviors and decision making—participative decision making, transformational leadership behaviors, and general positive attitudes—can accelerate followers’ making swift trust decisions about the leader. Implications for research are provided.

Keywords: Trust; swift trust; leader; follower

Article.  8291 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Organizational Psychology

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