Does the Leadership Style and Command Method of General Sir John Monash Remain Relevant to the Contemporary Commander?
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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Leadership is an art and many leadership attributes remain timeless. This study of a successful leader is significant in that it gives us insight into a leader who has led before us, and it identifies how he mastered the art of leadership. General Sir John Monash remains one of the most highly regarded officers to have emerged from the First World War. While his extraordinary achievements have already been documented, this study will provide greater detail on how a 49-year-old, newly promoted militia Colonel would, within the next five years, attain the highest operational command available to an Australian on the Western Front command of the Australian Corps. General Monash was appointed command of the Australian Corps, yet he was not a product of the Australian or Imperial military education system, as were his professional military colleagues. He could be considered a Civil Engineer with a military hobby. This study will identify the sources of General Monashs leadership style and method of command, assess whether he really accelerated the conclusion of the First World War through his innovative tactics, and determine whether his leadership style and method of command provide a relevant example to contemporary commanders.
- Administration and Management
- Humanities and History
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics