Accession Number:

ADA393519

Title:

Operational Leadership: A Case of General Helmuth von Moltke (The Younger)

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2001-05-19

Pagination or Media Count:

25.0

Abstract:

Operational leadership is of critical importance to the military, especially in times of warfare, but it is a difficult to define and it is even more difficult to describe the essential characteristics of a successful operational commander. What works in peacetime does not necessarily work in wartime. However, the writings on the subject of leadership always include four traits which we can deduce as the essential characteristics of all successful operational leaders. The four essential traits are boldness, perseverance, flexibility and decisiveness. Using the operational leadership of General Helmuth von Moltke The Younger as a case study, we can review the significance of these four traits to his operational leadership.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE