Accession Number:

ADA595812

Title:

Lorenz on Leadership: Lessons on Effectively Leading People, Teams, and Organizations

Descriptive Note:

Monograph

Corporate Author:

AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL AIR FORCE RESEARCH INST

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2012-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

206.0

Abstract:

If you want to learn about leadership, ask an experienced leader. General Stephen R. Lorenz, who retired as commander of Air Education and Training Command, has made the task accessible by giving us a collection of articles he wrote on the subject. General Lorenz started out like many graduates of the Air Force Academy with a heightened sense of leadership, one gleaned from watching and learning from leaders in classes, in the dorms, and on the parade grounds. Then, as now, he also had the opportunity to learn from a wide variety of important civilian and military leaders who visited the Academy. Even as a lieutenant, General Lorenz developed a habitual practice of keeping a log of his activities in journals and scrapbooks. He thought about the styles of different leaders and found it satisfying to write about leadership at different points in his life, recognizing that the concept of leadership had different faces. He found that some practices are universally applicable, while some depend on the situation as well as the age and maturity of those being led. All this gave him insights into his own leadership style and fed his knowledge about the foundations of leadership. As his writings on the subject grew into a sizeable collection over the years, General Lorenz not only found audiences that appreciated what he offered about leadership, but he began to see a set of standard principles that had useful effect in a wide range of conditions. Some examples that are well presented in this study include the point of Balancing Shortfalls. It is a recognized principle that leaders never go to war with the resources they think they need -- they must balance their shortfalls and show their staff and warriors that they can go forward anyway.

Subject Categories:

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

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE