Developing Strategic Leadership: The US Army War College Experience

Herbert F. Barber (US Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA)

Journal of Management Development

ISSN: 0262-1711

Publication date: 1 June 1992


Discusses US Army War College approach to including Strategic Leadership in its curriculum. Key aspects emerged from a preliminary, widely based conference: the environment in which a leader must function; their tasks; the competences they require. These are analysed. Competences are subdivided into personal characteristics (robustness, tolerance of uncertainty, willingness to reopen decisions, viewing mistakes as new information), frames of reference (to be wide), and specific capabilities (complex cognitive skills, persuasiveness, lateral networking). Compares effectiveness of academic with on‐the‐job learning, looks at learning methodologies and curriculum design issues, and the importance of practitioner mentoring.



Barber, H. (1992), "Developing Strategic Leadership: The US Army War College Experience", Journal of Management Development, Vol. 11 No. 6, pp. 4-12.

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