“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.
“Leadership is the courage to admit mistakes, the vision to welcome change, the enthusiasm to motivate others, and the confidence to stay out of step when everyone else is marching to the wrong tune.” E.M. Estes (1916 to 1988) Elliot Marantette ‘Pete’ Estes was an American automotive engineer and executive; he is best known as… Read More
“Genghis Khan said of one of his officers – ‘No man is more valiant, no man has rarer gifts, but as the longest marches do not tire him, as he feels neither hunger nor thirst, he believes that his soldiers do not suffer from such things. That is why he is not fitted for high… Read More
“A strong leader knows that if he develops his associates he will be even stronger.” James F. Lincoln (1883 to 1965) Lincoln was head of the Lincoln Electric Co. from 1914 until his death. An inventor, Lincoln received 20 patents; his engineering enabled him to make the technological improvements necessary to make arc welding a… Read More