- List of Contributors
- Defining War
- Strategy and War
- How History Shapes War
- The Collision of Modern and Post-Modern War
- Alliances and War
- Brazil, India, and China: Emerging Powers and Warfare
- Morality and War
- The Evolving Legal Aspects of War
- The History of Grand Strategy and the Conduct of Micro-Wars
- The Strategic Object of War
- Nuclear Deterrence and War
- Unconventional Forms of War
- Terrorism and War
- Strategic Leadership and War
- Intelligence and War
- The Pol/Mil Interface and War: the French at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century
- Managing War
- The Russian Way of War: in Crisis?
- The Twenty-First Century War: Chinese Perspectives
- The Japanese Way of War
- Military Coalitions in War
- Military Leadership in A Changing World
- The Art of Command in the Twenty-First Century: Reflections on three Commands
- Hybrid Conflict and the Changing Nature of Actors
- Conducting Joint Operations
- Counterinsurgency and War
- The Role of Logistics in War
- Land Warfare
- Maritime Warfare and the Importance of Sea Control
- Air Warfare
- Teaching War
- The Limits of Technology in War
- Space: A New Theatre of War?
- Affording War: The British Case
- Industry and War
- Procurement and War
- The Defence Industry in the Contemporary Global Security Environment
- The Changing Relationship Between Society and Armed Forces
- Clear, Hold, and Build: Operationalizing the Comprehensive Approach
- Building A Multilateral Civilian Surge
- Demography and Warfare
- Communicating War: The Gamekeeper's Perspective
- Communicating War: The Poacher's Perspective
- Does War Have A Future?
- conclusions:The Unpredictability of War and Its Consequences
Abstract and Keywords
Military leadership is a timeless subject, which over the centuries has intrigued many thinkers. Attention traditionally focused on the highest levels of command. This article focuses on the most important aspects, from a Western point of view, surrounding the question of what it takes to be an effective military leader. Firstly, it argues that good military leadership is based on fundamental, unchanging qualities, such as competence, character, and a profound sense of responsibility. Styles of leadership may vary over time or may evolve with changing circumstances, but these bedrock qualities should always be part and parcel of our leaders' intellectual substance. As most definitions tell us, leadership is the art of influencing and directing personnel—one's subordinates—in such a way as to obtain their obedience and loyal cooperation in order to accomplish the mission. Therefore the relationship between the leader and his followers is of pivotal importance, and in this relationship mutual trust and respect are the keywords. The modern corporal, officer cannot usually adopt a predominantly negative or punitive style of leadership. He must apply other, more positive means to win the hearts and minds of the men and women under his command and to have them fulfil possibly life-threatening assignments.
General P. J. M. Van Uhm is Chief of Defence of the Netherlands.
Dr. Ben Schoenmaker, Netherlands Institute of Military History.
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