Seemingly Incompetent but Useful…

“‘He’ll never make a good soldier’ should not be heard from the confident leader. Seemingly incompetent men should be a challenge to one’s ability. They should be studied more closely and the best method of handling them discovered. In every man there is much that may be made useful for military purposes.” “Discipline and Personality,”… Read More

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Heart and Soul…

“The Officer Corps is the heart and soul of any military organization. It must be the reservoir of character and integrity, the fountainhead of professional competence, and the dynamo of leadership.” Matthew B. Ridgway (1895 to 1993) General Matthew Bunker Ridgway was a senior officer in the US Army, who served as Supreme Allied Commander… 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

Lion vs Sheep…

“I do not fear an army of lions, if they are led by a lamb. I do fear an army of sheep, if they are led by a lion.” Alexander the Great (356 BCE to 323 BCE) Alexander the Great, also known as Alexander III or Alexander of Macedonia, king of Macedonia (336-323 BCE), who… Read More

Character & Competence…

“Battalions certainly differed in their character and their competence both from others and within themselves over time. Battalions are much like an organic family. They are held together by intangibles – leadership, comradeship, motivation, morale – that defy quantification or even easy description. In good units, soldiers feel – know – they are in 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

Success & Competence…

“Success demands a high level of logistical and organizational competence.” George S. Patton Jr (1885 to 1945) George Smith Patton Junior was a US Army officer. He was an outstanding practitioner of mobile tank warfare in the European and Mediterranean theatres during World War II. His strict discipline, toughness, and self-sacrifice elicited exceptional pride within… Read More