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Archive: April 19, 2009 - April 25, 2009

More Training, Not Less

Personal leadership skills, such as active listening, standing up for oneself and others, influencing behaviors, etc. can -- and should -- be taught from grade school on. We need to support initiatives for more public service, civilian leadership schools.

By Prudence Bushnell | April 24, 2009; 11:42 AM ET | Comments (1)

Teach Leadership Early

There is a growing recognition in all sectors of society that we need to prepare a new generation for leadership in their communities, from local to global, by inspiring them to assume leadership. Leadership education can and should take root much earlier than young adulthood.

By Kathy Kretman | April 23, 2009; 1:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Liberal Arts and Leadership

Aristotle said that the goal of the liberal arts is to educate people on how to make choices in a free society. He did not advocate leadership "training," which, if you think about it, is really an oxymoron.

By Joanne B. Ciulla | April 22, 2009; 1:31 PM ET | Comments (1)

Leaders Who Learn

Great leaders drive themselves to learn how to improve their skills at leading, their most important decisions are determined by their values and character, and they are often the result of good mentoring from senior officers.

By Gen. Monty Meigs (Ret.) | April 22, 2009; 9:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Human Skill

While management is a business skill, leadership is a human skill. Becoming a better leader means being in an environment that leads to epiphanies of self-awareness.

By Kent J. Thiry | April 21, 2009; 4:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

ROTC at Public Colleges

And will Tom Ricks then require that all colleges and universities that accept federal funds also accept ROTC units, as requested, by each of the three services?

By Slade Gorton | April 21, 2009; 4:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Support ROTC, Keep the Academies

There are plenty of other ways, besides closing the academies, to save big money in the Defense budget. At the same time, we should continue to support ROTC programs.

By David Walker | April 21, 2009; 4:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

An Ancient Practice

Leadership has been taught and learned through the ages. An early leadership coach was Moses's father-in-law, Jethro, who told him Moses was wearing himself out trying to solve everyone's problems and that he should learn to delegate.

By Michael Maccoby | April 21, 2009; 7:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Whole-Person Learning

The greatest leadership learning I've witnessed is when people learn in a whole-person way -- intellectually, emotionally, and somatically. This happens best when they are immersed in a supportive, like-minded community.

By Gail S. Williams | April 21, 2009; 7:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

Best Taxpayer Value

Total immersion in the culture of the service academies produces men and women willing to put mission above self, country before comfort. Its graduates still lead from the front and are paying a high price in Iraq and Afghanistan.

By Walter F. Ulmer, Jr. | April 21, 2009; 7:01 AM ET | Comments (1)

A Full Range of Options

Tom Ricks rightly calls for diversity of military officers. But one size does not fit all. While ROTC and Officer Candidate School may appeal to some, others will always want the complete challenge of a West Point-like experience.

By Ed Ruggero | April 21, 2009; 6:50 AM ET | Comments (1)

Intellectual Awakening

Academic programs may not consistently produce good leaders, but organizations that study, argue about, and struggle with leadership development are inherently better organizations than those that do not.

By George Reed | April 21, 2009; 6:32 AM ET | Comments (3)

A Necessary Question

Even the best institutions must regularly be jolted out of the self-congratulatory complacency that can take hold when excellent organizations come to believe their own propaganda and mythology.

By Bob Schoultz | April 21, 2009; 6:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Learning Not Teaching

There is no skill useful for leadership that you cannot learn if you really commit; even courage and charisma can be learned.

By Marty Linsky | April 21, 2009; 6:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Leadership State of Mind

Leadership cannot be taught. But would-be leaders can develop a state of mind that enhances leadership capacities.

By Abraham Zaleznik | April 21, 2009; 6:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Judging the Results

Research shows clearly that leaders can become more effective through feedback and training - not as judged by themselves, but as judged by their direct reports and co-workers.

By Marshall Goldsmith | April 21, 2009; 6:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Teaching "Altruistic Suicide"

The willingness to perform what Emile Durkheim called "altruistic suicide" -- giving your life for the group -- requires that individuals be immersed in a separate culture. The service academies may provide an essential venue for training leaders willing to make the ultimate sacrifice.

By Elizabeth Sherman | April 20, 2009; 3:14 PM ET | Comments (10)

Setting the Standard

As Gen. Colin Powell has said, West Point is "the place where the professional standards are set, the place that defines the military culture, the place that nurtures the values and virtues of Army service and passes them on from generation to generation." It should not be closed.

By Col. Michael E. Haith (Ret.) | April 20, 2009; 2:30 PM ET | Comments (7)

Having Leadership vs. True Leader

Closing the academies is one option, but properly understanding leadership training is another option and maybe the better one.

By Mickey Edwards | April 20, 2009; 2:07 PM ET | Comments (2)

Classroom That Inspires Leadership

The classroom can't insert leadership skills into students, but it can bring leadership qualities to life for them.

By Bill Shore | April 20, 2009; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Military: A Leadership Laboratory

I'll let the service academies defend themselves, but I would be uncomfortable with an Army of officers not trained and educated from multiple sources.

By Gen. John Batiste (Ret.) | April 20, 2009; 12:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lessons from WWII Leaders

What I have to offer are three renowned WWII military leaders' responses to the question of whether leaders are born or made.

By Col. Charles D. Allen | April 20, 2009; 11:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Some Skills Cannot be Taught

So much of leadership is style, courage, clarity of goal and quality of the individual, and these critical elements cannot really be taught.

By Ken Adelman | April 20, 2009; 11:42 AM ET | Comments (5)

Best Learn by Observing

Unless one believes that some of us are born leaders, while others could never become leaders, the answer to the question is obvious: "Leadership can and should be taught."

By Howard Gardner | April 20, 2009; 11:34 AM ET | Comments (2)

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