The Art of Command

The Art of Command

Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell

American Warriors Series

Edited by Harry S. Laver and Jeffrey J. Matthews

Foreword by H.R. McMaster

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

364 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 11 b&w photos

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780813174150
  • Published: December 2017


  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9780813174723
  • Published: December 2017



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.