LEADING WHILE HURTING: BALANCING PERSONAL TRAGEDY WITH COMMAND

Personal tragedy is a fact of life when leading people in the military. Sooner or later someone in your organization is going to lose a parent, a spouse or a child. There are resources and training available to assist the service member and their family to deal with the grief. But what happens when it’s the leader that suffers personal tragedy. And worse how do they deal with the unique circumstances of the loss of an unborn child? WAR ROOM welcomes E. Miranda Hernandez and Julie Sposito-Salceies to examine the distinctive situation of a commander balancing the responsibilities of command with the unexpected end of a pregnancy.

VALUES, INTERESTS, AND LEADERSHIP BEYOND AFGHANISTAN

You can’t turn on your computer or phone at the moment without hearing a podcast or seeing an article with someone’s opinion about what went wrong in Afghanistan. The editorial team at WAR ROOM decided that if we were to enter the fray we needed to interview someone that truly had the bona fides to speak intelligently about the long term strategic view of Afghanistan. A BETTER PEACE welcomes Larry Goodson to the virtual studio. Larry is the Professor of Middle East Studies at the U.S. Army War College, and is one of the most knowledgeable people in the United States on the culture, the people, and the problems in Afghanistan and the nations that surround it. He joins podcast editor Ron Granieri to discuss why the situation has unfolded as it has and what might lie ahead for the region and the United States.

TRANSCRIPT: https://warroom.armywarcollege.edu/wp-content/uploads/21-128-VALUES-INTERESTS-AND-LEADERSHIP-BEYOND-AFGHANISTAN-Transcript.pdf

CHARISMATIC LEADERSHIP AND THE RISK FOR MILITARY CULTISM

In the heat of the moment, adrenalin rushing, emotions coursing, a charismatic leader can motivate followers to do things they never thought possible. Unfortunately that charisma can lead them to do something they never should have done. WAR ROOM welcomes back Assad Raza to look at the concept of military cultism as it relates to charismatic leadership. He examines what can happen to ethics, groupthink, innovation and self awareness when a leader’s vision is absolute and unquestionable.

LEADERSHIP IS NOT A BUZZWORD

The Army has allowed the word leadership to become a buzzword, devoid of real meaning. It is used indiscriminately and applies to what is essentially management or command. That’s what Thomas Williams says and he’s concerned that this misuse of the word has produced failures such as the recent events at Fort Hood. Williams makes the case that it is past time to revise our thinking and to teach leadership as something distinct from management or command.

SENIOR LEADER BEHAVIOR: WHAT DIFFERENCES MATTER?

In 2004, the Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) directed the USAWC to conduct a study to inform the future development of Army Division Commanders In a March 2019 War Room article, we offered observations and recommendations for senior leader development using data collected for over a decade on the leader effectiveness […]

CHANGING OUR TOOLKIT FOR “CHANGE”

Leaders affect change at the individual, unit, and enterprise levels both in response to the external environment and internal pressures to build and sustain readiness for the next mission. For years, a common theme in military doctrine and conventional wisdom has been that leaders must lead change. If sustaining competitive advantage in a complex and […]

LEADERSHIP IN THE MIDST OF TRAUMA

Don’t just know the soldier in the uniform, know the man or the woman behind the uniform. Military members, law enforcement officers, and first responders are sadly no strangers to tragedy and trauma. How well individuals and organizations respond to those events, and just as importantly avoid future events, can be highly dependent on the […]

COMFORTABLY CONVERSATIONAL: PUBLIC SPEAKING FOR PROS

If you doubt your command of the information that you are presenting, you are halfway defeated before you even start. Hello? Hello? Hello? Is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me Is there anyone at home? – Pink Floyd, “Comfortably Numb,” The Wall (1979) When effective military leaders consider the reasons […]

THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS OF ARMY MENTORING

Participants in workplace mentoring relationships must be wary of bad practices, and should be aware of how such practices can harm both mentors and protégés. I’m going to mentor the <bleep> out of you. You’ve probably never heard those exact words come out of a mentor’s mouth, but you’ve probably had professional relationships that felt […]