Accession Number : ADA329053

Title :   Valuing Leadership in an Era of Prophets, Politicians, and Pugilists.

Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Barco, Charles T.

PDF Url : ADA329053

Report Date : 07 AUG 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : If duty, honor, and country provide the long-term direction or vision for our travels then what innate force should keep us on that path? Gen Ira Eaker suggested that a leader possesses strength of integrity, wisdom, and courage and that these characteristics alone provide the focus to keep one on the proper course in life.5 Carl von Clausewitz also struggled with the attributes of leadership before outlining the qualities consistent with a military genius: (1) courage (both moral 'COURAGE TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY' and physical 'COURAGE IN THE FACE OF PERSONAL DANGER') and (2) power of intellect ('War is. . . wrapped in a fog of greater or lesser uncertainty. A sensitive and discriminating judgment is called for'). From these characteristics, Clausewitz derived two others: (1) coup d'oeil (the inner eye or the 'quick recognition of a truth that the mind would ordinarily miss or would perceive only after long study and reflection') and (2) determination ('the capacity, having taken a decision, to stick to it').

Descriptors :   *LEADERSHIP, *MILITARY COMMANDERS, UNCERTAINTY, WARFARE, COMBAT READINESS, LONG RANGE(TIME), STRENGTH(GENERAL), TRAVEL, VISION.

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE