General Lucius D. Clay: Operational Leadership in a Post-Combat Environment
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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The current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have reinforced the importance of Phase IV stability operations. A vital aspect to successfully conducting post-combat operations is effective operational leadership. To further consider the importance of leadership, a case study of General Lucius D. Clay leadership during the American occupation of Germany following World War II is presented. This paper establishes a theoretical framework by discussing key terms and concepts, to include leadership, the operational level of war, stability operations, and civil-military operations. General Clays leadership style is defined and leadership traits key to his success are identified and examined. Finally, the paper draws conclusions and lessons learned concerning General Clays operational leadership in a post-combat environment.
- Administration and Management
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations