Accession Number : ADA203571


Title :   Leadership in Combat: An Historical Appraisal


Corporate Author : ARMY ARMOR SCHOOL FORT KNOX KY


Personal Author(s) : Hamburger, K E


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a203571.pdf


Report Date : Jan 1983


Pagination or Media Count : 244


Abstract : The OPMS study Group asked the History Department at USMA to study successful combat leadership to identify the trends and characteristics that should be institutionalized in the development of Officers. There were only two restrictions: that the actions studied be in actual combat and that it must clearly involve leadership not management. The characteristics found were indispensable to combat leadership, but not necessarily vital or sufficient to accomplish other essential military tasks. Preservice experience, and upbringing, education, and service record, physical condition, personal temperament and morality, and life following the incident were studied. There was surprising consistency among successful combat leaders regardless of historical period, country or condition of combat. There were five personal characteristics that were present in every case and disaster ensued in their absence. They were terrain sense, single-minded tenacity, ferocious audacity, physical confidence, and practical, practiced judgement.


Descriptors :   *WARFARE , *LEADERSHIP , *OFFICER PERSONNEL , EDUCATION , PHYSICAL PROPERTIES , HISTORY , ETHICS , JUDGEMENT(PSYCHOLOGY) , CONFIDENCE LEVEL


Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE