Formulaic Principles…

“A study of the principles of war will never provide a mathematical or intellectual formula for winning wars; but it will ensure that no single factor is omitted when one principle is being balanced against another. The decision itself is a test of leadership. Study provides the materials for inspection; the choice depends upon the… Read More

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Reasonable Justice…

“‘Men demand a reasonable degree of justice. They expect a leader to be fair and understanding. A single act of glaring injustice will injure his prestige and influence. Men must trust their leader in order to follow him.” “The Human Element in War,” by Major General Charles P. Summerall, Chief of Staff of the US… Read More

Successful Leader…

“To me, a successful leader is a man who gets people to do something that they may not want to do and gets them to do it willingly, enthusiastically, efficiently, and when he wants it done.” Louis W. Prentiss (1899 to 1976) Louis Watkins Prentiss was a US Army engineering officer. He retired in 1956… Read More

Qualities, Training, & Experience…

“Everyone recognizes that the priceless qualities of leadership are not possessed by everyone. In the best leaders, certain fundamental qualities such as competence, clear-thinking, self-discipline, impartiality, and decisiveness are apparent. These characteristics give a leader an ability to inspire confidence in his subordinates. It takes these qualities, plus training and experience, to develop good leadership.… Read More

Understand Your Job…

“There is no type of human endeavor where it is so important that the leader understands all phases of his job as that of the profession of arms.” James C. Fry (1897 to 1982) James Clyde Fry was a Major General in the United States Army who served as an infantry regiment and division commander… Read More

Imposed vs Earned…

“Discipline must be imposed, but loyalty must be earned – yet the highest form of discipline exists only where there is mutual loyalty, up and down.” Major General Aubrey Newman (1903 to 1994) Aubrey ‘Red’ Newman graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1925. He retired as a US Army Major… Read More

Well Done…

“In command and leadership many qualities, attributes and techniques are required – including drive, force, judgement, perception and others. But nothing can replace the inspiration and lift that comes from commending a job well done.” Aubrey Newman (1903 to 1994) Major General Aubrey Strode “Red” Newman (1903–1994) served in the US Army for 34 years.… Read More