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The Art of Command: Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell

Harry S. Laver and Jeffrey J. Matthews


The Art of Command provides biographical and topical portraits of exceptional leaders from all four branches of the United States armed forces. Laver and Matthews have identified eleven core characteristics of effective leadership, such as vision, charisma, determination, and integrity, and apply them to significant figures in American military history. In doing so, they argue that leadership is a learned and practiced skill, developed through conscious effort and mentoring by superiors. Tracing the careers, traits, and behaviors of eleven legendary leaders, including Ulysses Grant, George Mar ... More

Keywords: Leadership, Armed Forces, Command, Personal development, Mentoring, Determination, Transitional, Charismatic, Visionary, Adaptive

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780813174723
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813174723.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harry S. Laver, editor
US Army Command and General Staff College

Jeffrey J. Matthews, editor
University of Puget Sound

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Harry S. Laver and Jeffrey J. Matthews

5 Charismatic Leadership

Jon T. Hoffman

6 Visionary Leadership

François Le Roy and Drew Perkins

7 Transitional Leadership

Thomas G. Bradbeer

8 Innovative Leadership

David Alan Rosenberg with Harry S. Laver

9 Authentic Leadership

Howard Jablon with Jeffrey J. Matthews

10 Adaptive Leadership

H. R. McMaster

11 Exemplary Followership

Jeffrey J. Matthews