The Art of Command
Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell
Published by: The University Press of Kentucky
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.
"Truly insightful.... An indispensable guide on leadership at both the tactical and operational levels." -- On Point
"The editors have garnered essays on a carefully selected group of distinguished military leaders that hone in on a specific characteristic of the individual's command style.... Together these essays form a pattern of leadership descriptions that represent the best of the art of command." -- Journal of America's Military Past
"Interesting, insightful, inspirational. Should be a must-read for aspiring leaders." -- Admiral Hank Chiles, USN (ret.), former professor of leadership, US Naval Academy