Accession Number : ADA293643

Title :   The Image of Military Leadership: To Be or Not To Be a Hero.

Descriptive Note : Monograph,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Wilhelm, Karen S.

PDF Url : ADA293643

Report Date : 19 DEC 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 58

Abstract : This monograph examines the advisability of purposefully cultivating a leadership image. Five historical case studies, Colonel Thomas E. Lawrence, General Douglas MacArthur, General George S. Patton, Jr., Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr., and General Curtis E. LeMay, are evaluated with respect to criteria denoting effective use of leadership images. These criteria are based on the heroic image of military leadership. This heroic image is divided into five constituent criteria labelled kinship, prescription, sanction, action, and example. The case studies are also evaluated based on relevant behavioral science theory and social science research. Based upon the analysis of the case studies, the monograph concludes that a cultivated image is not necessary to effective leadership, but can be a key element. This conclusion is drawn provisionally. Definitive answers await further research.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY PERSONNEL, *LEADERSHIP, THEORY, CASE STUDIES, IMAGES, HISTORY, BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES, SOCIAL SCIENCES.

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE