“Neither bars nor stars make an officer. An individual becomes an officer only when he develops those inner qualities of honesty, self–sacrifice, and attention to duty that are always inherent to real leadership.” General Samuel D. Sturgis, Jr (1897 to 1964) Samuel Davis Sturgis Junior was an American Army officer, retiring as a Lieutenant General.… Read More
“In these perilous times which face mankind the world over, I would like to stress the moral and ethical side of leadership responsibility. For it is in the area of moral courage, truth and honor that the fibers of character are strengthened sufficiently to sustain men under the great stresses and responsibilities facing our military… Read More
“Modern leadership demands officers who can accept challenge with initiative, originality, fidelity, understanding, and, above all, the willingness to fully assume the responsibilities of command.” General Bruce C. Clarke (1901 to 1988) US Army General who served in WW1, WW2 (awarded three Silver Stars) and the Korean War. Graduated from West Point as an engineer… Read More
“When a soldier looks up on the battlefield he will not see his first sergeant, sergeant major, company commander, battalion commander …. he won’t even see his platoon sergeant! He WILL see HIS sergeant …. the squad leader, crew chief, team leader, tank commander …. and this NCO will principally provide the leadership, advice, counsel,… Read More
“Making decisions, exercising command, managing, administering – those are the dynamics of our calling. Responsibility is its core.” Harold K. Johnson (1912 to 1983) Harold Keith Johnson was a US Army officer who fought in World War II and the Korean War, and who served as Army Chief of Staff (1964-68) during the Vietnam War.
“Just as the diamond requires three properties for its formation – carbon, heat, and pressure – successful leaders require the interaction of three properties – character, knowledge, and application. Like carbon to the diamond, character is the basic quality of the leader. But as carbon alone does not create a diamond, neither can character alone… Read More
“Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.” Colin Powell (1937 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.