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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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Institutional Leadership

Institutional Leadership

George C. Marshall

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The Art of Command

Larry I. Bland

University Press of Kentucky

George C. Marshall served as the U.S. Army’s chief of staff from 1939 through 1945. Marshall possessed the experience, commitment, assertiveness, and intelligence necessary to meet the challenges of reforming and reenergizing the U.S. military. By emphasizing simplicity, flexibility, and decentralization, Marshall’s institutional leadership delivered undeniable effectiveness and efficiency. Leaders of large institutions face daunting challenges. Even when their organizations are remarkably efficient, the sheer size gives rise to managerial complexities that can produce bureaucratic inertia, infighting, and a loss of vision and vitality. Marshall was more than up for the challenge.

Keywords:   Institutional leadership, George C. Marshall, Commitment, Assertiveness, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Bureauracracy

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