“Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look upon them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death. If, however, you are indulgent, but unable to make your authority felt; kind‐hearted but unable to enforce your commands; and incapable, moreover, of… Read More
“A commander should have a profound understanding of human nature, the knack of smoothing out troubles, the power of winning aﬀection while communicating energy, and the capacity for ruthless determination where require[d] by circumstances. He needs to generate an electrifying current, and to keep a cool head in applying it.” Captain Sir Basil Liddell Hart… Read More
“The relationship between officers and men should in no sense be that of superior and inferior, nor that of master and servant, but rather that of teacher and scholar. In fact, it should partake of the nature of the relationship between father and son, to the extent that oﬃcers, especially commanding officers, are responsible for… Read More
“Never allow yourself to become absorbed in the task you have assigned to a subordinate. If you assume the direction of a detachment, you lose your grasp of the proceedings as a whole. The business of the responsible officer is to control the entire concern so that the general combination of efforts shall be concentrated… 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
“Except for the scientific arms, engineers, and artillery, the function of British officers was to lead their men and, if necessary, to die well; the bulldog spirit was more important than technical expertise.” Stokesbury, James L. (1981) Leadership as an Art. in James H. Buck and Lawrence J. Korb (eds) Military Leadership. Beverly Hills, CA:… Read More
“Confidence and pride in leaders must be bred by the leaders themselves.” Lieutenant Colonel J.G. Shillington, D.S.O. Shillington, J.G. (1950) Morale. The Journal of the Royal United Services Institute. XCV(578), pp.96-98. https://doi.org/10.1080/03071847.2011.576482.