"Don't begrudge the time you spend developing, coaching and helping your people to grow so they can carry on when you're gone. It's one of the best signs of good leadership." Bernard Baruch
John Brown's Body:
"If you take a flat map
And move wooden blocks upon it strategically,
The thing looks well, the blocks behave as they should.
The science of war is moving live men like blocks.
And getting the blocks into place at a fixed moment.
But it takes time to mold your men into blocks
And flat maps turn into country where, creeks and gullies
Hamper your wooden squares. They stick in the brush,
They are tired and rest, they straggle after ripe blackberries And you cannot lift them up in your hand and move them....
It is all so clear in the maps, so clear in the mind,
But the orders are slow, the men in the blocks are slow
To move, when they start they take too long on the way
The General loses his stars and the blockmen die
In unstrategic defiance of martial law
Because still used to just being men, not block parts."
Stephen Vincent Benet
"Command of a Divisional Infantry Battalion in CONUS", Battalion Commanders, Chapter 5: "Use your people by allowing everyone to do his job. When a subordinate is free to do his job, he perceives this trust and confidence from his superiors and takes more pride in his job, himself, and the organization's goals and objectives. Delegation of sufficient authority and proper use of subordinates helps develop future leaders. This is a moral responsibility of every commander."
LTC Stanley Bonta
Lecture at West Point, 1952:
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"The greatest leader in the world could never win a campaign unless he understood the men he had to lead." GEN Omar Bradley
Military Review, July 1980:
"The American soldier is a proud one and he demands professional competence in his leaders. In battle, he wants to know that the job is going to be done right, with no unnecessary casualties. The noncommissioned officer wearing the chevron is supposed to be the best soldier in the platoon and he is supposed to know how to perform all the duties expected of The American soldier expects his sergeant to be able to teach him how to do his job. And he expects even more from his officers."
GEN Omar Bradley
"Fairness, diligence, sound preparation, professional skill and loyalty are the marks of American military leadership." GEN Omar Bradley
"On Leadership", Parameters, September 1981:
"During World War I, while inspecting a certain area, General John J. Pershing found a project that was not going well, even though the second lieutenant in charge seemed to have a pretty good plan. General Pershing asked the lieutenant how much pay he received. On hearing the lieutenant's reply of "141.67 per month, Sir," General Pershing said: "Just remember that you get $1.67 per month for making your plan and issuing the order, and $140.00 for seeing that it is carried out."
GEN Omar Bradley
Dictionary of Military and Naval Quotations by Robert D. Heinl, Jr. (1978): "In war there is no second prize for the runnerup." GEN Omar Bradley Quoted by GEN Westmoreland, 21 September 1971, Abilene, Texas, DA PAM 36050, Aug 1982: "Leadership in a democratic army means firmness, not harshness; understanding, not weakness; generosity, not selfishness; pride, not egotism."
GEN Omar Bradley 1953
CGSC, 16 May 1967:
"Leadership is intangible, and therefore no weapon ever designed can replace it." GEN Omar Bradley
"The Impact of Modern Technology on the FrontLine Combat Team", (The Sesquicentennial of the United States Military Academy, West Point, 1952, p. 135):
"Military organizations and success in battle depend upon discipline and a high sense of honor." GEN...