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The Art of CommandMilitary Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell$
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Harry S. Laver and Jeffrey J. Matthews

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813174723

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813174723.001.0001

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Leadership for War and Peace

(p.1) Introduction
The Art of Command

Harry S. Laver

Jeffrey J. Matthews

University Press of Kentucky

Few people would challenge the assertion by presidential biographer James MacGregor Burns that “leadership is one of the most observed and least understood phenomena on earth.”1 Yet, in the four decades since the publication of Burns’s seminal work Leadership, our understanding of the leadership process has improved tremendously. Among the most important developments is the widespread recognition that successful leaders, operating at any level of responsibility, are not simply endowed at birth with great leadership ability. As General William Tecumseh Sherman once observed, “I have read of men born as generals peculiarly endowed by nature but have never seen one.”...

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