Clancy & Horner - Every Man a Tiger

July 07, 2004

Tom Clancy and Chuck Horner - Every Man a Tiger

This is the second in Clancy's commanders series. I am reading all of them because I want the context for the fourth one, the one in which Clancy of all people turns on the Bush adminstration for being too militaristic (and, more importantly for Clancy, for being ineffective.)

Where Franks' Into the Storm was a self-conscious discussion of leadership in the modern Army, Horner's story discusses leadership by giving examples leaving the explanation for the reader.

Still, a couple of good points jump out. The first is leadership by example: do as I do. Horner is a strong believer in this, in part because fighter pilot generals are expected to keep up their airplane driving chops.

The lesson for the Iraq war is slightly different. Horner was the first general on the ground for the Gulph War. He organized the early phases of Desert Sheild before Stormin Norman moved to Arabia and he continued to be an important player holding the coalition together. And, he repeatedly emphasizes that the whole thing would NOT have worked without the coaliton - it was the presence of other nations, the strong UN resolutions, and the committment to let everyone talk, let everyone have decision-making power, and not simply go it alone that made it possible for the thing to go in the first place.

I find in the classroom that the way to loose the class is to try to control it; the way to get the class where you want it to go is to relax and let them drive, then steer their energy to the desired points. War coalitions follow the same recipe - you only keep control by ceding control.

Posted by Red Ted at July 7, 2004 10:46 PM | TrackBack
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