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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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Innovative Leadership

Innovative Leadership

Arleigh A. Burke

(p.223) 8 Innovative Leadership
The Art of Command

David Alan Rosenberg

Harry S. Laver

University Press of Kentucky

Over the course of his career, Adm. Arleigh Burke developed the qualities and attributes of a leader of technologically innovative leadership. An examination of his professional life reveals three characteristics of such leaders, such as delegating sufficient authority and responsibility to technological experts and securing for them the necessary resources; avoiding the seduction of pure theory to maintain a focus on practical objectives; and recognizing that no technological innovation is of such significance that one can ignore alternatives. The culmination of Burke's innovative leadership came with the deployment in 1960 of the U.S. Navy's first submarine launched ballistic missile, the Polaris.

Keywords:   Innovation, Technology, Polaris, Navy, Submarine launched ballistic missile

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