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

  • by Jefferey J. Matthews, Harry S. Laver
  • Narrated by Scott Laurence Peterson
  • 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What essential leadership lessons do we learn by distilling the actions and ideas of great military commanders such as George Washington, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Colin Powell? That is the fundamental question underlying The Art of Command: Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell. The book illustrates that great leaders become great through conscious effort - a commitment not only to develop vital skills but also to surmount personal shortcomings.
Harry S. Laver, Jeffrey J. Matthews, and the other contributing authors identify nine core characteristics of highly effective leadership, such as integrity, determination, vision, and charisma, and nine significant figures in American military history whose careers embody those qualities. The Art of Command examines each figure's strengths and weaknesses and how those attributes affected their leadership abilities, offering a unique perspective of military leadership in American history. Laver and Matthews have assembled a list of contributors from military, academic, and professional circles, which allows the book to encompass diverse approaches to the study of leadership.

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What the Critics Say

"These essays form a pattern of leadership descriptions that represent the best of the art of command." ( Journal of America's Military Past)
"Art of Command excels. The reader can follow each leader from inauspicious beginnings to greatness in the course of a short story that chronicles the development of a particular quality in that leader. ( Marine Corps University Journal)

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Attention! Left face .... March

Some of the examples are good some poor.
It's more a study of leadership styles and is very rose tinted but it certainly has some good stuff in it.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-08-2012
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks