Development of Strategic-Level Leaders
Research rept. Aug 1992-Apr 1993
INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC
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Strategic leadership is an elusive and complex, multi-dimensional process that involves establishing a vision, making decisions and establishing policies that have long-term impacts, recognizing frames of reference and time horizons, and effectively employing human resources. Military leadership provides the overarching framework for articulating how military leaders lead subordinates at each successive level of the organization and developing joint military strategic leaders is essential to future success on the battlefield. This paper discusses joint military strategic leadership development. I initially analyze the historical background of military leadership doctrine and training to provide a basis for examining strategic military leadership. I review existing definitions of strategic leadership to place the construct in perspective and provide a definition that serves as a baseline to address the crucial facets of strategic military leadership. I compare current research and writings to determine applicability to joint strategic military leadership and identify key elements and vital competencies. Finally, I provide conclusions, issues for further consideration, and recommendations to enhance the development of future joint military strategic leaders.
- Military Forces and Organizations