Accession Number : ADA328219

Title :   A Comparative Analysis of the Operational Leadership of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto and Admiral Chester W. Nimitz at the Battle of Midway.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Shultz, Linda K.

PDF Url : ADA328219

Report Date : 16 MAY 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : Operational leadership can have a significant impact on the outcome of any operation or campaign and may often be the determining factor in the end result, irrespective of who holds the advantage. To illustrate this point this paper provides an analysis of the operational leadership of the opposing commanders at the Battle of Midway. By comparing Admiral Yamanoto's and Admiral Nimitz' application of the principles of war, this paper demonstrates the significant impact of their operational leadership on the outcome of the Battle of Midway. Nimitz' clear vision, courage, and confidence in himself and his subordinates as well as his sound application of the principles of war overcame the overwhelming numerical and qualitative superiority of Yamamoto's Combined Fleet. Effective leadership is as significant in today's technologically advanced environment as it was during the World War II. The types of operational leadership challenges faced by Nimitz and Yamamoto must be faced by today's leaders, who must also carry the responsibility for ensuring the continued development of these elements of sound leadership in the operational leaders of tomorrow.

Descriptors :   *LEADERSHIP, *OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, *MILITARY COMMANDERS, MILITARY HISTORY, NAVAL OPERATIONS, NAVAL WARFARE, PACIFIC OCEAN, BATTLES, MIDWAY ISLAND, MILITARY ART.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Naval Surface Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE