Secret of Leadership…

“The real secret of leadership is the domination of the mass by a single personality. Influence over subordinates is a matter of suggestion. Discipline acquired peace and the power of personal example are both used to exact great sacrifices.” Major General Baron Hugo von Freytag‐Loringhoven, The Power of Personality In War, 1911 (translated by the… Read More

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Good management…

“The dictum of “good management is good leadership”, itself erroneous, became perverted even more into the belief that an officer could literally manage his men to their deaths in support of a mission.” Gabriel, R.A.. & Savage, P.A. (1978) Crisis in Command, Mismanagement in the Army.

Fail in his duty…

“On learning of the mutiny (Salerno, 1943), Field‐Marshal Montgomery said that although the Mutineers’ actions were quite inexcusable and could not be condoned in any way, ‘where soldiers get into trouble of this nature, it is nearly always the fault of some officer who has failed in his duty.’” J.M. Bereton, The British Soldier; A… Read More

Leader & Follower: Identity& Leadership in the Royal Marines

Research Paper Title I follow, therefore I lead: A longitudinal study of leader and follower identity and leadership in the marines. Background It is acknowledged that identity plays an important role in a person’s leadership development. To date, however, there has been little consideration of the possibility – suggested by the social identity perspective –… Read More

Leading the Charge…

“[Major‐General Sir Harry] Smith attacked with infantry and drove [the Sikhs] out of All despite stubborn counterattacks. With strong cavalry and artillery support, the British rolled up the Sikh line and Smith, leading the last charge in person, drove them headlong over the difficult ford of the broad Sutlej. The Duke of Wellington told the… Read More

The Strands of War…

“The Strands of War are four in number, … I. The quality and capability of the commander. II. The quality and capability of the troops. III. Morale. IV. Resources.” Lieutenant Colonel A.H. Burne, DSO, RA (Retired), The Art of War on Land (1944) Alfred Higgins Burne D.S.O., C.I.E., O.B.E., F.S.A. (1886-1959) was a British Army… Read More

Who’s a Pen-pusher?

“My Lord, if I attempted to answer the mass of futile correspondence which surrounds me, I should be debarred from the serious business of campaigning … So long as I retain an independent position, I shall see no officer under my command is debarred by attending to the futile drivelling of mere quill‐driving from attending… Read More