Academic journal article Military Review

The Genius of Robert E. Lee: Leadership Lessons for the Outgunned, Outnumbered, and Underfinanced

Academic journal article Military Review

The Genius of Robert E. Lee: Leadership Lessons for the Outgunned, Outnumbered, and Underfinanced

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THE GENIUS OF ROBERT E. LEE: Leadership Lessons for the Outgunned, Outnumbered, and Underfinanced, Al Kaltman, Prentice Hall Press, Paramus, NJ, 2000, 352 pages, $24.00.

The Genius of Robert E. Lee is an excellent book that provides unique insight into professional growth and leadership. Although author Al Kaltman focuses more on management techniques and development, readers can use the information to develop their own fundamental leadership principles and insights.

The current trend in the Army is to attempt to identify core problems of leadership shortfalls that answer the question of why the Army is losing its junior leaders. This is a weighty undertaking, and there are many complex solutions. Kaltman uses the writings and recorded actions of Lee on which to base each of his management principles. He expounds on about 250 key events in Lee's life and links each to a principle.

Kaltman divides the principles into 12 major groupings; such as, "Pull Out All the Stops," "Prepare Yourself," "Take Command," "Continuous Improvement," and the "Winning Image." Some lessons learned are so delicate, yet so powerful, that I found myself wondering why they are not stressed to young leaders. …

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