The Art of Command: Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell

The Art of Command: Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell

by Harry S. Laver
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813125138

ISBN-13: 9780813125138

Pub. Date: 09/01/2008

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

What essential leadership lessons do we learn by distilling the actions and ideas of great military commanders such as George Washington, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Colin Powell? That is the fundamental question underlying The Art of Command: Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell. The book illustrates that great leaders become great through

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What essential leadership lessons do we learn by distilling the actions and ideas of great military commanders such as George Washington, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Colin Powell? That is the fundamental question underlying The Art of Command: Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell. The book illustrates that great leaders become great through conscious effort-a commitment not only to develop vital skills but also to surmount personal shortcomings. Harry S. Laver, Jeffrey J. Matthews, and the other contributing authors identify nine core characteristics of highly effective leadership, such as integrity, determination, vision, and charisma, and nine significant figures in American military history whose careers embody those qualities. The Art of Command examines each figure's strengths and weaknesses and how those attributes affected their leadership abilities, offering a unique perspective of military leadership in American history. Laver and Matthews have assembled a list of contributors from military, academic, and professional circles, which allows the book to encompass diverse approaches to the study of leadership.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813125138
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Series:
None Ser.
Edition description:
1
Pages:
294
Sales rank:
569,298
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Lieutenant General Steven W. Boutelle ix

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction: Leadership for War and Peace Harry S. Laver Jeffrey J. Matthews 1

1 Integrity and Leadership George Washington Caroline Cox 11

2 Determination and Leadership Ulysses S. Grant Harry S. Laver 33

3 Institutional Leadership George C. Marshall Larry I. Bland 61

4 Cross-Cultural Leadership Dwight D. Eisenhower Kerry E. Irish 93

5 Charismatic Leadership Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller Jon T. Hoffman 125

6 Visionary Leadership Henry H. "Hap" Arnold François Le Roy Drew Perkins 155

7 Technology and Leadership Hyman G. Rickover Thomas L. "Tim" Foster 179

8 Adaptive Leadership Harold G. "Hal" Moore H. R. McMaster 209

9 Exemplary Followership Colin L. Powell Jeffrey J. Matthews 231

Recommended Reading 265

List of Contributors 269

Index 271

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