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
     
 

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? The Art of Command illustrates that great leaders become great through a commitment not only to develop vital skills but also to surmount personal shortcomings. Harry S. Laver, Jeffrey J.

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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? The Art of Command illustrates that great leaders become great through 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.

Product Details

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

Table of Contents

Foreword Steven W. Boutelle Boutelle, Steven W.

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

1 Integrity and Leadership: George Washington Caroline Cox Cox, Caroline 11

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

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

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

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

6 Visionary Leadership: Henry H. "Hap" Arnold Francois Le Roy Le Roy, Francois Drew Perkins Perkins, Drew 155

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

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

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

Recommended Reading 265

Index 271

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