Accession Number:

ADA528179

Title:

The Preparation of Strategic Leaders

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

MILITARY ACADEMY WEST POINT NY DEPT OF BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES AND LEADERSHIP

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1992-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

13.0

Abstract:

World events brought General Eisenhower quickly from obscurity to a critical moment in history, the Normandy invasion during World War II. Indeed. his advancement to strategic-level leadership was meteoric -- from Lieutenant Colonel to General of the Army in four years. However, the significance of Eisenhowers story is not in his advancement, which was accelerated by the requirements imposed on an Army at war, but in the fact that he was so well prepared to assume the responsibilities of strategic-level leadership when the nation called. It is a story of strategic leader development, a career-long process involving experience, formal professional education, and self-study. Strategic leadership and strategic leader development have recently attracted considerable attention in the Army, as evinced by the publication of DA Pamphlet 600-80, Executive Leadership 1987, the publication of Field Manual 22-103, Leadership and Command at Senior Levels 1987, and the Army War Colleges Strategic Leadership Conferences in February and October 1991. What does it mean to develop officers as strategic leaders This article explores the concept of strategic leader formation from the point of view of developmental psychology, addressing in the process two fundamental questions What is development and What can the Army do to foster the development of strategic leaders

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Humanities and History
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE