Valuing Leadership in an Era of Prophets, Politicians, and Pugilists.
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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If duty, honor, and country provide the long-term direction or vision for our travels then what innate force should keep us on that path Gen Ira Eaker suggested that a leader possesses strength of integrity, wisdom, and courage and that these characteristics alone provide the focus to keep one on the proper course in life.5 Carl von Clausewitz also struggled with the attributes of leadership before outlining the qualities consistent with a military genius 1 courage both moral COURAGE TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY and physical COURAGE IN THE FACE OF PERSONAL DANGER and 2 power of intellect War is. . . wrapped in a fog of greater or lesser uncertainty. A sensitive and discriminating judgment is called for. From these characteristics, Clausewitz derived two others 1 coup doeil the inner eye or the quick recognition of a truth that the mind would ordinarily miss or would perceive only after long study and reflection and 2 determination the capacity, having taken a decision, to stick to it.