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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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Charismatic Leadership

Charismatic Leadership

Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller

(p.127) 5 Charismatic Leadership
The Art of Command

Jon T. Hoffman

University Press of Kentucky

In the years prior to Pearl Harbor, Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller served in multiple assignments abroad, including marine combat tours in Haiti and Nicaragua; in the United States, he completed military studies at the Virginia Military Institute, in the officer candidate program, and at the U.S. Army Infantry School. Puller’s at times controversial leadership style, most evident during World War II and the Korean War, developed over several decades of military service and education. The essence of Puller’s dynamic leadership was leading by example from the front, developing a personal connection with his subordinates, and ensuring the welfare of his men. Such behavior established strong bonds and unwavering loyalty.

Keywords:   Charisma, Lewis B. Puller, World War II, Korean War, Dynamic leadership, Loyalty, Connection

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