Air Command and Staff College, Air University Maxwell Air Force Base
The great military geniuses have defined and shaped history for millennia by exploiting their uncanny understanding of military affairs. Unlike scientific geniuses, though, military geniuses must have their vision implemented by large numbers of normal people. In many cases, a critical key-subordinate has significantly enabled and enhanced this link between the genius and his troops. The most productive genius to key subordinate relationships include five factors trust, translation, subordinate leadership and staff skills, loyalty, and meshing personalities. This research explores famous genius to key-subordinate relationships and analyses the presence or absence of these factors. The research, in the end, contains applicable lessons for a large number of leader to subordinate relationships throughout the sphere of military affairs.