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Military leadership : in pursuit of excellence
Taylor, Robert L. (Robert Lewis), 1939-
Fourth edition.
Publication Information:
Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
xvii, 257 pages ; 23 cm
Reading Level:
1300 Lexile.
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The fourth edition of this classic text continues its popular interdisciplinary approach to the topic of leadership, by examining the elements of military leadership from the perspective of contributors in the fields of history, business, religion, politics, and education. The fourth edition presents a broad spectrum of ideas and perspectives relating to military leadership in the current environment. It includes multinational views reflecting the global military stage. This new edition synthesizes classic pieces from the second and third editions with contemporary readings to provide the reader with important insights into the concepts of military leadership throughout the vagaries of regional conflict and maintenance of peace. The resulting synthesis stimulates the reader to understand the complex dynamics of effective leadership in the context of military history, values, and culture.

Author Notes

anagement, Gettysburg College from 1984-1991 and 2000-2001. He was Professor and Head, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, U.S. Air Force Academy from 1982-1984 and member of the faculty there from 1972-1984. He was an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate Schools of the Universities of Colorado and Maryland. Dr. Rosenbach's research focuses on leader and follower behavior, effectiveness of leadership development programs, and the relationship of transformational leadership to organizational culture. He co-authored and published The Leadership Profile, The Performance and Relationship Questionnaire and The Leadership Competency Assessment . He is a founding partner of The Gettysburg Leadership Experience, a unique executive leadership development program at Gettysburg College.Dr. Rosenbach serves as a consultant to business, government and not-for-profit organizations on specific, short-term managerial concerns as well as long-term leadership development. Clients include, GE Capital, IBM, USAA, The Brookings Institution, American Airlines, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Digital Equipment Corporation, National Computer Systems, North Start Steel, Booz-Allen and Hamilton, The Kellogg Foundation, Kentucky Bankers Association, General Motors Europe, Australian Institute of Management, National Australia Bank, New Zealand Institute of Management, Center for Creative Leadership, Australian Fire Protection Association, NASA, FBI, IRS, National Fire Academy, Federal Executive Institute, Utah State Police, U.S. Air Force and others.He is the co-author of Contemporary Issues in Leadership (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th editions); Leadership: Challenges For Today's Managers ; and Military Leadership: In Pursuit of Excellence (1st, 2nd, 3rd,4th and 5th editions) which has been translated into Chinese and Hindi. He has also published more than fifty publications in scientific and professional journals and books. His presentation sponsors include: International Congress of Psychology in Australia, Eastern Academy of Management in France, Greece, Ireland and the Czech. Republic; American Psychological Association; Academy of Management; Center for Creative Leadership; National Fire Academy and others. Media interviews and commentaries include: The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, New Zealand Management, The Australian Age and numerous radio and television stations. Dr. Rosenbach is active in several professional and civic organizations including Academy of Management, American Psychological Society, Editorial Consulting Board of The Leadership Quarterly and The Journal of Leadership Studies, and Fellow - The Center for Excellence in Municipal Management.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xv
Part 1 Military Leadership -- Perspectivesp. 1
1 Leadershipp. 6
2 Leaders and Leadershipp. 16
3 A Comprehensive View of Leadershipp. 27
4 Leadership: Views from Readersp. 37
5 A New Vision of Leadershipp. 50
Part 2 Climate, Culture, and Influencep. 73
6 Leaders, Managers, and Command Climatep. 77
7 Military Culture: Change and Continuityp. 85
Notesp. 97
8 Gls -- Not Your Average Joes: What the Military Can Teach Us About Race, Class, and Citizenshipp. 101
9 Women in Combat, Homosexuals in Uniform: the Challenge of Military Leadershipp. 115
10 The Doctrine of Dissentp. 118
Part 3 The Personal Challengep. 123
11 Followers as Partners: the Best Evidence of Good Leadershipp. 128
Referencesp. 136
12 When Leadership Collides with Loyaltyp. 138
13 Leadership as an Artp. 141
Referencesp. 156
14 A Charismatic Dimension of Military Leadership?p. 157
Notesp. 169
15 Leadership in Military Combat Units and Business Organizations: a Comparative Psychological Analysisp. 172
Notesp. 181
16 Leadership Between a Rock and a Hard Placep. 184
Notesp. 192
17 Once a Leader, Always a Leader?p. 194
Part 4 The Changing Contextp. 201
18 Our Military Conditionp. 204
19 Ineffective Leadership and Military Retentionp. 211
Notesp. 221
20 The Agenda -- Grassroots Leadershipp. 223
21 Military Leadership into the 21st Century: Another """"Bridge Too Far?p. 233
Notesp. 253