Articles on Leadership in the United States Army published in ARMY Magazine, AUSA Headline News, and AUSA News

Building Trust is a Key for Good Leaders

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Building Trust is a Key for Good Leaders

From the youngest privates to the most senior leaders, soldiers must build trust with their partners before the fighting starts, a panel of senior NCOs said during a discussion at the Association of the U.S. Army’s LANPAC Symposium and Exposition.

“When it’s time to go somewhere, nobody in this room will fight alone,” Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston said, adding that “building those relationships goes beyond just equipment.”

AUSA Center of Leadership Holds First Major Event

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AUSA Center of Leadership Holds First Major Event

The Center of Leadership, formed in October as a new department in the Association of the U.S. Army’s Education division, is hosting its first major leadership training program May 17–19 in connection with the LANPAC Symposium and Exposition. 

Ukraine Fight Holds Lessons for US Army

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Ukraine Fight Holds Lessons for US Army

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, a renowned combat veteran who led Operation New Dawn in Iraq in 2011 and later commanded the U.S. Central Command, said there are lessons for the U.S. from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but not necessarily the lessons one might think.

Testifying April 5 before the House Armed Services Committee, nominally about the fiscal 2023 defense budget, Austin said a prime example of success is how the fire-and-forget Javelin missile and infrared-guided Stinger missile “have proven to be very, very effective.” 

AUSA Releases 5 New Podcasts in April

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AUSA Releases 5 New Podcasts in April

The Association of the U.S. Army is releasing five new podcast episodes in April on topics ranging from owning your own business to Sesame Street to World War II heroes.

Charisma is a Good Trait for Battlefield Leaders

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Charisma is a Good Trait for Battlefield Leaders

A new approach to the Army’s leadership concepts will be critical to maintaining unit cohesion on a dispersed battlefield, an Army psychologist writes in a new report.

With a reliance on “rational authority,” which motivates soldiers with external incentives such as pay or avoidance of legal problems, the Army is missing the chance to allow leaders to develop “charismatic leadership,” which relies on internal incentives such as loyalty to the leader.