American Spirit: A Leadership Philosophy for U.S. Tactical Forces
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This monograph develops an integrated leadership philosophy for U.S. tactical forces. The goal of this leadership philosophy is a consistent way of thinking for our tactical leaders in peacetime as well as in war. In this period of dramatic change, our Army is required to be trained and ready for military operations across the operational continuum. To meet this requirement, all of our leaders and soldiers must be trained to think out solutions to problems in a consistent and structured way. A leadership philosophy can provide the basis for such thinking. The leadership philosophy provides a climate and criteria for decision making appropriate for Americas Army. The monograph begins by reviewing historical, theoretical and doctrinal concepts of leadership. A section of the monograph establishes the importance of having an Army that can adapt to change in peacetime and develops elements of a climate and criteria for decision making in that environment. Three sections use the AirLand Battle tenets to develop a desirable climate and decision making criteria for the physical, cybernetic and moral domains of military operations. A final section summarizes the conclusions of the previous sections as a single integrated leadership philosophy appropriate for peacetime as well as war.
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