“Making decisions, exercising command, managing, administering ‐ those are the dynamics of our calling. Responsibility is its core.” General Harold K. Johnson (1912 to 1983) Harold K. Johnson, in full Harold Keith Johnson, was a US Army officer who fought in World War II and the Korean War and who served as the Army Chief… Read More
“Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.” General Colin Powell (1957 to Present) Colin Luther Powell was a US Army General and statesman. He was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989-1993) and Secretary of State (2001-2005), the first African American to hold either position.
“In the end, no one is immune to the biases that lead to stupid decisions. Yet our reverence for IQ and education means that it is easy to rest on the laurels of our qualifications and assume that we are, by definition, not stupid. Most researchers agree that, overall, the correlation between intelligence and successful… Read More
“There are of course those parts of the trade, or art, that can be studied, and therefore learned. There have been few great leaders who were not knowledgeable about the mechanics of the business; you cannot be an inspiring leader if you neglect the logistics that feed your men. They will not give you their… Read More
“Everyone recognizes that the priceless qualities of leadership are not possessed by everyone. In the best leaders, certain fundamental qualities such as competence, clear-thinking, self-discipline, impartiality, and decisiveness are apparent. These characteristics give a leader an ability to inspire confidence in his subordinates. It takes these qualities, plus training and experience, to develop good leadership.… Read More
“Soldiers need leaders who know how to fight and how to make the right decisions.” General Carl Vuono (1934 to Present) Carl Edward Vuono is a retired United States Army general who served as the Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 1987 to 1991.
“The loneliness of command can also reveal a more ingrained, deep-rooted weakness in soldiers’ make-up. Psychologists such as Prof. N. Dixon suggest that the military offers a safe haven to individuals prone to anxieties such as fear of failure, need for approval and deafness to unpalatable information. Not until the position of ultimate responsibility is… Read More