Displaying Leadership…

“Be an example to your men, in your duty and in private life. Never spare yourself, and let the troops see that you don’t in your endurance of fatigue and privation. Always be tactful and well-mannered and teach your subordinates to do the same. Avoid excessive sharpness or harshness of voice, which usually indicates the… Read More

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Leadership & Stewardship…

“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.

Loyalty: Bottom-up & Top-down

“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

Ten Good Soldiers…

“Ten good soldiers, wisely led, will be a hundred without a head.” Charles Henry Parkhurst (1842 to 1933) An American clergyman and social reformer, born in Framingham, Massachusetts. Although scholarly and reserved, he preached two sermons in 1892 in which he attacked the political corruption of the New York City government and was, for many… Read More

The Qualities of Officers…

“An officer should have the following qualities: great powers of endurance so that in spite of any hardship he sets an example to his men … he must be able to mix easily with the people … he must study tactics … The most important natural quality is that of complete loyalty.” Mao Tse-Tung (1893… Read More

SEALs & Horses…

“WHEN RYAN ZINKE, America’s secretary of the interior, turned up for his first day in office a year ago, the ex-Navy Seal arrived on a horse called Tonto, wearing a cowboy hat.” You can learn about the training and selection US Navy SEALs here. Reference The Economist (2018) Special Report: The Geopolitics of Energy. All Hail the… Read More

The Line of Supply is…

“The line of supply may be said to be as vital to the existence of an army as the heart to the life of a human being. Just as the duelist who finds his adversary’s point menacing him with certain death, and his own guard astray, is compelled to conform to his adversary’s movements, and… Read More