“Intelligence, knowledge, and experience are telling prerequisites. Lack of these may, if necessary, be compensated for by a good general staff officer. Strength of character and inner fortitude, however, are decisive factors. The confidence of the men in the ranks rests upon a man’s strength of character.” Erich von Manstein (1887 to 1973) Erich von… Read More
“Under good leadership a group is greater than the sum total of its members; and under bad leadership it is less.” Norman Copeland (1900 to 1995) Norman Copeland (1942) Psychology and the Soldier. First American Edition Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: The Military Service Publishing Company. Available from World Wide Web: https://collections.nlm.nih.gov/ext/dw/14320680R/PDF/14320680R.pdf. [Accessed: 25 January, 2020]. The book… Read More
There are three common mistakes that leaders can make when investing their leadership capital, which hurt both their efficiency and their effectiveness. 1. Taking the ‘Peanut Butter’ Approach The peanut butter approach is when a leader spreads their time evenly among all their employees, like spreading peanut butter evenly on a piece of bread. And,… Read More
“His example could have been a case study for the book by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic – “Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders? (and how to fix it)”. As an organisational psychologist, he points out that people tend to assume that confident individuals are competent, when there is no actual relationship between the two qualities.… Read More
“The success or failure of a group is determined by the stewardship of its leader…” (The Economist, 2018, p.21). Reference The Economist. (2018) Public Opinion: Focus, Please. The Economist. 25 August 2018, pp.21.
“There’s a great deal of talk about loyalty from the bottom to the top. Loyalty from the top down is even more necessary and is much less prevalent. One of the most frequently noted characteristics of great men who have remained great is loyalty to their subordinates.” George S. Patton Jr (1885 to 1945) George… Read More
“There is no equation for a military decision. Decision-making requires both intuitive skill to recognize and analyze the essence of a given problem and the creative ability to devise a practical solution.” Major W.R. Speigle (US Marine Corps) Reference Speigle, W.R. (2008) The Basic School: Continuing to Successfully Prepare Second Lieutenants to be Officers. Master’s… Read More