Accession Number : ADA312822

Title :   Major John Wesley Powell: Leadership on the Colorado River, (1869).

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis 2 Aug 95-7 Jun 96,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Lapham, Curtis A.

PDF Url : ADA312822

Report Date : 07 JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 156

Abstract : One of America's greatest naturalists and explorers is Major John Wesley Powell. His work includes the following: leadership of the initial expeditions to the Grand Canyon; leadership of the United States Geological Survey, Bureaus of Reclamation, and Ethnology; and founding member of the National Geographic Society. His landmark study on arid lands formed the blueprints for the development of the West. The Powell Expedition's epic journey is a popular subject; however, there exists a void in understanding Powell's leadership of the last great discovery in North America--the Colorado's canyon system. Major Powell was an experienced leader who employed his knowledge of leadership to lead his expedition where a lesser experienced person would likely have failed. He understood military leadership by way of study, observation, and practice. The study investigates Powell's background and Civil War experience for their developmental effect on his leadership during the 1869 expedition, and on the relevancy of his influence for modern military leaders. The study concludes that while some of Powell's actions diverge from the principles embodied by modern Army leadership doctrine, the American military leader can learn a great deal from Powell's successful leadership and its harmony with current leadership practices.

Descriptors :   *LEADERSHIP, *SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITIONS, ARMY PERSONNEL, GEOLOGICAL SURVEYS, RIVERS, GEOGRAPHY, NATURAL HISTORY, ARID LAND, CANYONS, COLORADO RIVER.

Subject Categories : Geography
      Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE