Tip of the Hat to Contributing Editor Marcus Aurelius.
PPT (22 Slides): Toxic Leadership I
Enjoyed your briefing on toxic leadership, what I think of as Toxic Leadership I. Causes harm downward.
Toxic Leadership II is much more costly and subversive. This is the kind of leadership in which the individuals are well-behaved, respectful of one and all, and subservient to the point of treason to political and financial criminals.
George Tenet and Colin Powell — in how they allowed Dick Cheney to get away with allowing if not deepening 9/11 as a modern-day Pearl Harbor, and then lead us into Iraq on the basis of 935 now-documented lies that Tenet helped fabricate and Powell embraced despite knowing (as Colonel Larry Wilkerson now tells us) they were lies — are examples of the second kind. Most uniformed service leaders fall into this category as well, going along with budget share games and refusing to point out the obvious, as General Bob Scales has recently, that 4% of the force (the infantry) takes 80% of the casualties and gets 1% of the Pentagon budget.
The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (C/JCS) do us no favors in going along as they are now. I weep to see that the national military strategy is now going to be classified, I am sure they did not notice the below screed, but evidently they can no longer stand scrutiny from others.
One of my essays on leadership is below, along with a grand strategy piece I wrote as an antecedent to a Carlisle monograph on reinventing the Army. Turns out we cannot reinvent the Army without a grand strategy, and we will not get a grand strategy absent leaders with intelligence and integrity.
Am always looking for speaking gigs. Being a young USMC lieutenant at MCRD San Diego brings back good memories, never mind the girls with brains spitting on us and calling us baby killers.
Semper Fi / GO ARMY,