Six Essential Elements of Leadership: Marine Corps Wisdom from a Medal of Honor Recipient

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Col. Wesley Fox is a Medal of Honor recipient who wrote two widely-admired accounts of his wartime experiences in the Marine Corps. His Marine Rifleman: Forty-Three Years in the Corps and Courage and Fear: A Primer are considered classic war memoirs. Drawing on his long experience of being a leader, Fox presents the six essential elements of leadership that all good leaders employ to build successful organizations able to cope with any challenge because they are truly built on loyalty and trust. Impressed by the...
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Col. Wesley Fox is a Medal of Honor recipient who wrote two widely-admired accounts of his wartime experiences in the Marine Corps. His Marine Rifleman: Forty-Three Years in the Corps and Courage and Fear: A Primer are considered classic war memoirs. Drawing on his long experience of being a leader, Fox presents the six essential elements of leadership that all good leaders employ to build successful organizations able to cope with any challenge because they are truly built on loyalty and trust. Impressed by the manner and methods of his most effective fellow Marines to guide and direct, Fox defines leadership is defined as having a strong focus on the strengths of comradeship and its core importance to all individuals and organizations. In his view, managers are concerned with the bottom line and making a profit, while leaders are concerned with their followers, their health, happiness, and daily lives. Recognition of the sources of leaders is addressed and followed with a discussion of the principles of leadership and the historical traits of a leader. The book covers the essential elements of leadership: care, personality, knowledge, motivation, commitment, and communication with a chapter on each element. Finally, Fox provides an account of his personal experience and how his views about leadership were forged by the Marine Corps and by the crucible of combat. He provides many examples of leadership displayed by those with whom he served in battle ?his fellow Marine unit leaders. While draw from a military experience, Fox' contends that his six elements apply to all who want to pursue leadership. Developed during forty-three years of leading Marines in two wars and in the peace time, his principles are designed to inspire and motivate others in all endeavors.
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"In what could be considered a top-tier resource for any aspiring leader, retired colonel Wesley L. Fox turns his more than 40 years of military experience into a leadership primer consisting of the most critical attributes that leaders must have to ensure success for themselves and their organizations. A sound understanding of leadership at this level prepares such officers for success at the operational and strategic levels. Because Colonel Fox's book offers that sound understanding, aspiring leaders should add it to their short list of must-read material."

-- Air & Space Power Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612510248
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2011
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 506,201
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Col. Wesley L. Fox, USMC (Ret.), retired from the Marine Corps in 1993 after forty-three years of distinguished service. He joined the Marines in 1950 and served in the Korean War. Commissioned a lieutenant in 1966, he served as an advisor with the Vietnamese Marines. He later commanded a rifle company and was involved in an action that resulted in his award of the Medal of Honor. His last active duty was as Commanding Officer, Officer Candidate School where he retired in 1993 In addition to the Medal of Honor, he received two awards of the Legion of Merit, a Bronze Star with Combat V, four awards of the Purple Heart, and numerous commendations. From 1993 until his retirement in 2001, Fox served as deputy commandant of cadets at Virginia Tech.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Section I Leadership 1

Chapter 1 Leadership Defined 3

Chapter 2 Leadership versus Management 15

Chapter 3 Sources of Leaders 23

Chapter 4 Principles of Leadership 33

Chapter 5 Historical Traits of a Leader 41

Section II The Essential Elements of Leadership 51

Chapter 6 Care 53

Chapter 7 Personality 65

Chapter 8 Knowledge 77

Chapter 9 Motivation 85

Chapter 10 Commitment 97

Chapter 11 Communication 109

Section III Marine Corps Combat Leadership 119

Chapter 12 Personal Experiences and Viewpoints 121

Chapter 13 Leaders on My Flank 139

Sources 159

Index 161

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  • Posted August 14, 2014

    This one goes at the top of my short list.  Don't let the 157 pa

    This one goes at the top of my short list.  Don't let the 157 pages of content discourage you.  There is no fluff and no filler in this great book on leadership, military or otherwise.  Every page contains a lesson or lessons.  And you get the author's unvarnished views on the subject.   He loves his Marines and the Corps. but that doesn't stop him from showing the "good, bad, and the ugly" of leadership. For 43 years Colonel Fox led Marines,  from his start as an enlisted fire team leader to Colonel, earning the Medal of Honor along the way.  His leadership skills were tempered and honed in the crucibles of fire and ice.  Or more correctly ice and fire.   From the frozen battles of Korea to the steaming jungles of Vietnam, this hero has seen leadership at its best and worst.  And he's not so arrogant to think he knows it all either.  He quotes from many sources, civilian and military and of course, the Marine Corps. itself.  One of my favorite observations is his distinction between leadership and management .  "Care and concern for subordinates mark the leader, the subordinates of such a leader become followers.  Management does not necessarily care about the people hired and fired; they are only the means.  They, the individuals, usually can be easily replaced, and depending upon the employees time with the organization, maybe at a much lower cost or salary.  A leader has to care.  This care is shown by actions, not words, and is easily read by the subordinates who return this care..."  I can personally relate to that one.  If you want the longer version of Colonel Fox's journey I recommend his other work Marine Rifleman, working on that one now.  And don't pass up his Courage and Fear:  A Primer.  Yes I'm an unabashed fan of Col. Fox.  His service to our country and the Marines he led is invaluable, and unlike so many of our Medal of Honor recipients, he survived to pass on the lessons he learned to future generations of leaders, both military and civilian.  Thank you Colonel Fox for your service and  the care and leadership example you provided to the Marines who served with you, and thanks to all service men and women past, present, and future for your service and sacrifice.   




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