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 demonstrates that great leaders become great through a commitment not only to develop vital skills but also to surmount personal shortcomings.
In the second edition of this classic resource, Harry S. Laver, Jeffrey J. Matthews, and the other contributing authors identify eleven core characteristics of highly effective leaders, such as integrity, determination, vision, and charisma, and eleven significant figures in American military history who embody those qualities. Featuring new chapters on transitional leadership, innovative leadership, and authentic leadership, this insightful book offers valuable perspectives on the art of military command in American history.
About the Author
Harry S. Laver, professor of military history at the US Army Command and General Staff College, is the author or editor of numerous books, including A General Who Will Fight: The Leadership of Ulysses S. Grant.Jeffrey J. Matthews is George F. Jewett Distinguished Professor in the School of Business & Leadership at the University of Puget Sound. He is the author of Alanson B. Houghton: Ambassador of the New Era and Blacksheep Leadership: A Story About a Leadership Challenge and the Nature of Transformational Leadership.
Table of Contents
Foreword to the Second Edition Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster, USA vii
Foreword to the First Edition Lieutenant General Steven W. Boutelle, USA (ret.) ix
Introduction: Leadership for War and Peace Harry S. Laver Jeffrey J. Matthews 1
1 Integrity and Leadership George Washington Caroline Cox 13
2 Determination and Leadership Ulysses S. Grant Harry S. Laver 35
3 Institutional Leadership George C. Marshall Larry I. Bland 63
4 Cross-Cultural Leadership Dwight D. Eisenhower Kerry E. Irish
5 Charismatic Leadership Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller Jon T. Hoffman 127
6 Visionary Leadership Henry H. "Hap" Arnold Francois Le Roy Drew Perkins 157
7 Transitional Leadership Matthew B. Ridgway Thomas G. Bradbeer 181
8 Innovative Leadership Arleigh A. Burke David Alan Rosenberg Harry S. Laver 223
9 Authentic Leadership David M. Shoup Howard Jablon Jeffrey J. Matthews 249
10 Adaptive Leadership Harold G. "Hal" Moore H. R. McMaster 283
11 Exemplary Followership Colin L. Powell Jeffrey J. Matthews 305
Recommended Reading 341
List of Contributors 345
What People are Saying About This
"Interesting, insightful, inspirational. Should be a must-read for aspiring leaders." Admiral Hank Chiles, USN (ret.), former professor of leadership, US Naval Academy