Personal Authority…

“The commander must establish personal and comradely contact with his men, but without giving away one inch of authority.” Blake Clark (1891 to 1944) Erwin Rommel, in full Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel, byname the Desert Fox, German der Wüstenfuchs, was a German Field Marshal who became the most popular general at home and gained the… Read More

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Weakness Admired…

“The soldiers probed endlessly for weaknesses among their leaders, but they responded to an officer who was assured enough in his authority to be willing to explain why such and such a thing must be done. Professionalism also commanded respect. The soldiers admired an officer who knew his business, who established a clear understanding of… Read More

Personal Authority…

“The commander must establish personal and comradely contact with his men, but without giving away one inch of authority.” Erwin Rommel (1891 to 1944) Field-Marshal Erwin Rommel (aka the Desert Fox), World War I junior officer and World War II General, considered a brilliant military commander; adored by his troops and feared by his enemies.

Corporal says Arguing is barred…

“October 21st [1914] More bayonet instruction this afternoon. Our chaps are beginning to hold their weapons as if they meant business. Wetted my stripe today at dinner in the tent with drinks all around, and took the opportunity to intimate that I was to be addressed as “Corporal” in the future, and not by my… Read More

Seven Pillars of Leadership Wisdom

Can you learn leadership? And what is wisdom? These are teasing questions for many of us so an article looking at both wisdom and leadership is almost irresistible. Mike Clayton says leaders need to be smart – they need to know how things work and how to get things done. They need to motivate their team,… Read More