Army Leadership

Friday December 23, 2005

The Army defines leadership as:
Influencing people--by providing purpose, direction and motivation--while operating to accomplish the mission and improving the organization .

Army leadership is also expressed through the phrase:

Army leadership begins with character, the values and attributes that shape what the leader must BE. They adopt and internalize the Army Values and develop the requisite mental, physical, and emotional attributes of a warrior.

Interpersonal, conceptual, technical, and tactical skills constitute what a leader must KNOW. Army leadership demands competence in a diverse range of human activities that expand in complexity in positions of greater responsibility.

Leadership demands action--the self-discipline to DO what feels or is know to be right. Army leaders must act in both immediate conditions and over the long term. Army leaders exercise influencing actions to motivate and mentor subordinates. They perform improving actions to continually develop and increase the proficiency of their units, their Soldiers and themselves.

Today's security environment demands more from Army leaders than ever before. Army leaders must not only be able to lead Soldiers but also influence people. But ultimately, the Army demands self-aware and adaptive leaders who can compel enemies to surrender in war and master the circumstances facing them in peace.

Source: FM-1, Chapter 1, Section 5


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POV presents War Feels Like War on
PBS , Wednesday, December 28, 2005 11:00 PM EST
(Check local listings).

'War Feels Like War' is the story of an international group of journalists who refused to be 'embedded'. Motivated by the desire to get the 'real' story, the unilaterals ventured onto the battlefield without military protection and frequently without guides. They often found themselves reporting the stories that went uncovered in the wake of the triumphal columns of soldiers and embeds: civilian deaths, injuries, chaos in the streets, and a more mixed reception for the invaders than appeared in first reports.


The change in the strategic environment has forced us to review how we do business to better counter evolving threats. The last time we reviewed and rewrote FM 1 was June 2001, just four months before our enemies attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Today we are a nation at war. And our new doctrine reflects the depth and urgency of our journey.

Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker
Chief of Staff of the United States Army


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