My grandfather left behind a rather comprehensive stack of Army Field Manuals from the 40s and 50s. As I make my way through his effects, I’ve been paging through them for historical interest and education. Whatever else you can say about the military mind – it is efficient to the point of ruthlessness. The one I picked up most recently is Command and Leadership for the Small Unit Leader. It’s a small book, less than 100 pages, and I find it fascinating.
There is no cookbook recipe for making a leader, and no two leaders ever get results in exactly the same way. But the ability to lead can be learned by breaking the subject down into convenient form for study and practice.
Thought I had more to say about it than that – but I guess the ideas need more time to marinate.