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Leadership under fire from Aachen to Dak To

In war, human beings themselves are the ultimate weapons and that, no matter the setting, human ingenuity, character, awareness and self sacrifice are the most valuable assets of all.

By Ian Saleh | July 21, 2010; 12:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lessons from a four-star resignation

Faced with a crisis, three veteran leaders -- President Obama, Gen. Petraeus and Gen. McChrystal -- made hard decisions in a responsible, humble way. Here are the lessons for the rest of us.

By Andrea Useem | June 29, 2010; 03:41 PM ET | Comments (17)

Stepping out from the ranks

The company commander needed to find out what he was up against, so he glanced around, spotted Joe Toye, and said, "I need a live prisoner." In the dark, Joe crept through no-man's land into enemy territory and hauled back a German from the 107th Panzer Brigade, a knife against his throat.

By Ian Saleh | June 24, 2010; 09:14 AM ET | Comments (1)

Afghanistan's biggest problem is bad leadership

We find ourselves in an awkward position in prosecuting the Afghan war: The biggest obstacle to our victory isn't our Taliban enemies but the corrupt and unresponsive leadership of the Afghan security forces and government.

By Ian Saleh | June 3, 2010; 03:33 AM ET | Comments (8)

Easy Company's natural-born leader

Not only did Winters order Easy Company to attack in the face of uncertain odds, he was the first man out of the ditch and across the field. "When you're a leader, you lead," he told me. "Not just on the easy jobs, but the tough ones as well."

By Ian Saleh | May 4, 2010; 04:44 PM ET | Comments (11)

Leadership 'somewhere south of hell'

When the moment came -- when the depth charges were exploding with terrifying proximity, when the submerged vessel was running out of breathable air -- Charlie Rush stepped up and took charge, though his actions that day meant risking everything.

By Andrea Useem | April 5, 2010; 02:33 PM ET | Comments (14)

The training our military leaders need

Leaders -- even military ones -- are not born, they are made. The recent firing of six Navy commanders shows the urgent need for more sophisticated leadership training.

By Amy Fraher | March 11, 2010; 11:19 AM ET | Comments (12)

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