Accession Number : ADA324491

Title :   Leadership.

Descriptive Note : Monograph,

Corporate Author : ARMY CENTER OF MILITARY HISTORY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Vien, Cao V.

PDF Url : ADA324491

Report Date : 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 210

Abstract : War and politics posed many challenges to South Vietnam's military leadership. Unlike his counterpart in some countries, the Vietnamese military commander was not simply a leader of men in combat. Depending on the level of command, he had to play his part in national politics, be himself a grass roots politician, or engage in political warfare. To achieve success, he was often expected to possess several qualities not always required of a professional military leader. The requirements of leadership, therefore, sometimes transcended the conventional framework of accepted rules and principles. Given these requirements and the fallability of human nature, it had not always been easy to evaluate the total performance of our leadership. The dilemma we faced was that while professional competence during actual combat was a critical criteria, we could not tolerate deliberate aberations in moral and social codes. In my analysis of the successes and failures of our leadership, I have endeavored to be fair and objective. If I seem to be laudatory of some officers while critical of others, it is not my intention to embarrass any individual. Performance has been the sole basis for all of my evaluations.

Descriptors :   *LEADERSHIP, MILITARY HISTORY, WARFARE, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, POLITICAL SCIENCE, MILITARY COMMANDERS, SOUTH VIETNAM.

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE