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The Art of Command: Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell
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 ef ...more
ebook, 294 pages
Published October 17th 2008 by University Press of Kentucky
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Laver, associate professor of military history at Southwestern Louisiana University, and Matthews, director of Puget Sound’s Business Leadership Program, has put together nine essays, each matching a military leader with a vital characteristic of great leadership which follow as integrity, vision, determination, charisma, adaptability, understanding of institutions and cultures, and openness to new technology. While the leaders profiled all possess most if not all of these characteristics, the e ...more
Great description of nine U.S. Military leaders, while linking them to one trait of leadership. Mostly convincing, except for the followership leadership of Colin Powell. Drives you to think about what makes a great leader and some of the differences between leaders
An interesting take on studying the leadership traits of prominent American Military leaders. Each of the 9 leaders possess many positive traits, but the authors focus on one stand-out trait from each individual. Whole volumes have been written about each leader, so the chapters really only scratch the surface in order to draw out how each individual exemplified a certain characteristic. Quick read.