Winning the leadership war: Lessons from the military

By John Butler
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/15/2001

Studies of leadership now comprise a great deal of the literature on organizational culture.

A substratum of these studies is military leadership, an area of renewed interest if the books in the business section of any mega-bookstore are any indication. The shelves are replete with a dozen versions of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, reprints of von Clausewitz’ On War, and concentrated lessons from the U.S. Civil War, the Napoleonic Wars, Attila the Hun, Ulysses S. Grant,

Robert E. Lee and a dozen other conflicts and generals. Many books target the business audience with titles like The Way of the Warrior: Business Tactics and Techniques from History’s