I can’t recall how long I have thought about writing a book. I had many thoughts swirling in my mind about what I might write about and who the target audience might be, and I always knew that writing a book would be a great accomplishment. But, my desire to write a book went further than that. In this post, I want to share with you what is going into “Military Leadership – Concepts of Command (The comprehensive Study of the Leadership Competencies of the United States Military).“
This blog was created to become the springboard for writing the book, among other reasons. I knew that I needed to get into the routine and practice of writing regularly, and that I needed to create a theme that would create the framework for what the book would become. December 5, 2011, was the birth of a leadership blog now known as Command Performance Leadership. Ultimately, the content of the blog will be my notepad and library of information for writing the book.
As the blog develops, you will begin to see a common theme and pattern, as I begin to piece together the content of the book. I’m not suggesting that I won’t bounce from topic to topic and back again, but you will notice that certain chapters will be formed. We have already gone through a few topics that will form the content of the book, such as Qualities of a Leader, Core Values, Eleven Principles of Leadership, and Qualities that Lead to Success, as well as the posts in the toxic leadership series. As I continue to format the blog, it will soon take on the theme that I am after. I’d like this blog to become a destination, just as a library would be, for anyone who wants to learn from and contribute to the subject of military leadership. Hence, the Command Performance Leadership blog will become a virtual library.
Along with writing this blog and the book comes the research and study about the topic of military leadership. This is what I am looking forward to the most. As you can imagine, I am fascinated with the subject of leadership, and, of course, military leadership. Understanding that I am below an amateur when it comes to writing, and the reason for this blog is to strengthen my writing skills, I am hopeful and eager to discipline myself into a routine where my studying and writing habits are developed. I can easily equate the work and research I am about to conduct to getting a masters degree in advanced military history and leadership. I welcome the challenge, and look forward to the long, hard march. Most importantly, I am glad you are along for the ride.
Below, I introduce the draft of the Table of Contents. It remains a work in progress, and is not nearly complete. It is the outline of what will become Military Leadership (Concepts of Command). In chapter one, I will write about the history of the people and philosophy of military leadership throughout history. Chapter two will discuss what leadership is, what makes a great leader, the rigorous schooling (such as military academies, ROTC, OCS, etc.), and the profession of arms. Chapter three will more specifically go into the principles and virtues that make a great leader, and how to capsulize those qualities into a successful leader. Chapter four will be about leading on the foundation of strong character, built by strong moral responsiblity, leading by example, and guided spiritual by one’s faith. Chapter five will go into some of the personal management traits vital to becoming an organized and forward-thinking leader; organizational skills, time management, stress management, personal responsiblity, managing your life’s skills, etc. Chapter six puts everything into action on the battlefield of life. Chapter six’s title pretty much speaks for itself; “Theory into Practice ~ Officership in Action.” Chapter seven is entitled “Human Factors that Contribute to the Leadership Challenge,” and discusses the challenges we face as human, let alone military leaders (or, leaders in general), that are forces to contend with; fear, stress, anxiety, fatigue, etc. Chapter eight moves into the topics tactics and strategy as a leader. Not maneuver tactics or strategy, but leadership tactics and strategy. Chapter eight discusses critical thinking, decision-making, motivation, and problem-solving. Chapter nine discusses change and transformation of people and the organization. Chapter ten takes everything that has been discussed previously in the book and discusses the action phase; putting everything together to lead the organization to victory. Chapter ten will play out as an actual battle plan for leadership. It will go into preparedness for taking action, communicating intent, ensuring the readiness of the organization, staging the resources for battle, maneuvering toward objectives, the struggles in the face of adversity, after action reviews, accountability and mission accomplishment, etc.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Prologue – Leading the Charge: “Forward…March!”
Chapter One – Historical Perspectives on Military Leadership
Voices of doctrine, Echoes of Wisdom – Masters of the Science – Icons of Diplomatic Military Protocol – The Patriotic Spirit – Our Nation, Our Soldiers
Chapter Two – Foundations of Leadership
Leadership Defined – Qualities that Lead to Success – Learning the Art/The Academic March Toward Leadership – The Military Profession
Chapter Three – Dimensions of the Professional Soldier
Guiding Principles – Wisdom of Excellence – Comprehensive Review of Leadership’s Essential Principles – Situational Awareness – Putting these Elements of Success into Action
Chapter Four – Leader of Character
Duty, Honor, Country – Framework of Values – Moral Courage – Doing the Right Thing – Leadership by Example – Spiritual Fitness; For God and Country - Positive Mental Attitude
Chapter Five – Core Competencies for Self-Improvement
Getting Organized – Stress Management – Time Management – Taking Personal Responsibility for Time & Results/Accountability
Chapter Six – Theory into Practice ~ Officership in Action
Officer’s Call – Chain of Command – Leadership versus Management – Creating the Ideal Workplace Environment – Building Esprit de Corps and the Organizational Culture – The Business of Leading People – Effective Communication – The Edifice of Leading People – Cohesion ~ The Organizational Bond – Executive Leadership – Discipline & Obedience – Mentorship – Counseling to Influence Outcomes – Modeling Behaviors through the Art of Influence
Chapter Seven – Human Factors that Contribute to the Leadership Challenge
Fear – Stress – Anxiety – Fatigue – Communication Breakdown – Complacency
Chapter Eight – Battle Command
Warrior Spirit – The Professional Soldier as Warrior – Tactical Theory and Practice – Fundamentals of Strategic Leadership – Critical Thinking and the Art of Decision Making – Motivating the Organization to Accomplish Missions – Purpose, Structure & Motivation – Crisis Management & Problem-Solving
Chapter Nine – Transforming the Organization
Create and Communicate the Vision – Empowerment of the Change Agents
Chapter Ten – The Long Road to Victory
Putting it all together – The Power of Pride – Duty Calls – Mission Ready – Command Performance - The Long, Hard March – Maneuvering Toward the Objective – Facing Adversity & the Test of Fortitude – Mastering the Challenge – After Action Review – Assessment, Responsibility, Accountability – Reaching for the Stars – Mission Accomplishment ~ Job Well Done!
Epilogue – Celebrating Victory
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