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Archive: November 1, 2009 - November 7, 2009

The voracity of war

Military leaders face the challenge of deploying and bringing home fighters who are still decent human beings.

By Joanne B. Ciulla | November 6, 2009; 10:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Crisis leadership from a commander

While he was himself visibly shaken by the shootings, the Fort Hood commandar, Lt. Gen. Bob Cone, sought to provide a calming influence to the community.

By Col. Charles D. Allen | November 6, 2009; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ft. Hood reveals hidden wounds

The Army is a solid institution, composed of leaders who care about their people. But this shooting provides yet another example of an institution, and more specifically, a support system under stress.

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | November 6, 2009; 5:39 AM ET | Comments (10)

'Four dead in Ohio'

The trust the American people place in its military is as fragile as it is precious.

By Col. Charles D. Allen | November 5, 2009; 1:43 PM ET | Comments (4)

Standing and delivering

In an age when problems can rapidly deteriorate into crises, military leaders know how to assess a problem, lay out a strategy and tactics and deliver.

By Deborah Ancona | November 4, 2009; 2:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Succes doesn't always translate

Too much admiration for military leaders leads to the misperception that because they perform nobly on the battlefield, they must be good at overall strategy.

By Ken Adelman | November 4, 2009; 9:07 AM ET | Comments (9)

When generals are wrong

Sometimes the judgment of military leaders has proved better than that of their civilian bosses -- but not always.

By Michael Maccoby | November 3, 2009; 2:26 PM ET | Comments (6)

A priority, not an expense

In the military, leadership development is not viewed merely as an expense to be justified and contained, or reserved for a few "high potentials."

By George Reed | November 3, 2009; 11:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pundits and politicians

We know that the Wall Street barons and the polarizing politicians and the shouting cable pundits do not represent the best of this nation.

By Yash Gupta | November 3, 2009; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (1)

Ken Lay's after-action review

Military leaders are much more willing than business leaders to publicly admit when things have gone wrong.

By Jeffrey Pfeffer | November 3, 2009; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

The West Point effect

My four months in Officer Candidate School in 1944 was superior to all the corporate management training programs I've observed and consulted for over the last 25 years.

By Warren Bennis | November 3, 2009; 9:55 AM ET | Comments (3)

Shameful memories

Many baby boomers remember, hopefully with a certain degree of shame, our inability to separate our distaste for the Vietnam conflict with our distrust in military personnel and their leaders.

By Gail S. Williams | November 3, 2009; 9:36 AM ET | Comments (77)

'Greater love hath no man'

Beneath all that body armor and chest-thumping machismo that defines our culture's Rambo image of the modern warrior lies the essence of what makes a soldier fight in combat: Love.

By Scott Snook | November 3, 2009; 9:19 AM ET | Comments (8)

Simple but not easy

Leaders in other sectors who REALLY CARE about winning and retaining the confidence, trust, and loyalty of the American public know how to earn it.

By Bob Schoultz | November 3, 2009; 6:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

The messy avenue of persuasion

The public sees a decisive and effective institution that more often than not attains its goals.

By Slade Gorton | November 3, 2009; 6:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wall Street's Semper Fi?

What if executives at AIG, Bank of America, and General Motors saluted the flag and vowed to uphold our most basic American values?

By Coro Fellows | November 3, 2009; 12:43 AM ET | Comments (6)

Ten lost cadets

Leadership is about leaving it all on the field rather than taking it off the table. That may explain why Americans trust military leaders over Wall Street leaders.

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | November 2, 2009; 4:12 PM ET | Comments (23)

Gary-Cooper style

The best military leaders are physically and morally strong, calm and competent under pressure, willing to do the hard but necessary jobs most of us are happy to duck -- all while being nice to children and old ladies and dogs.

By Ed Ruggero | November 2, 2009; 3:34 PM ET | Comments (2)

The leader next door

We trust military leadership because we know military people in our family, neighborhoods and offices. I don't know any Wall Street billionaires, and that is fine with me.

By Ed O'Malley | November 2, 2009; 3:29 PM ET | Comments (1)

Want trust? Try duty

Leaders must always do their duty, subordinating personal interest to complete the mission, which may require the sacrifice of their lives and the lives of those entrusted to them.

By Col. Michael E. Haith (Ret.) | November 2, 2009; 3:14 PM ET | Comments (4)

Bright Shining Shinseki

General Eric Shinseki, in publicly contradicting Donald Rumsfeld, represented a new relationship between the military and the American people in the post-Vietnam era.

By Ronald Heifetz | November 2, 2009; 2:43 PM ET | Comments (1)

Petraeus, not Westmoreland

Today, a nation divided about both Iraq and Afghanistan wars can nonetheless honor and respect the warriors, in part because public perception of the military is so different from the Vietnam era.

By Benjamin W. Heineman, Jr. | November 2, 2009; 2:05 PM ET | Comments (4)

Suckers for a uniform

With the exception of Dwight Eisenhower, it's hard to think of a recent military leader whose military service has translated into political (or even business) leadership.

By Alan M. Webber | November 2, 2009; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (14)

Tall order for media and business

Public confidence in media and business leaders will not rise unless they individually and collectively do a lot of self-examination and then self-improvement.

By Howard Gardner | November 2, 2009; 1:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

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