Leadership

No Trumpets, No Drums: Leadership Lessons From Vietnam

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Executive Summary

The generation that was asked to serve in an unpopular war in south-east Asia 30 years ago has arrived in the corner office. Was the experience a crucible for leadership training? Certainly they discovered that rank alone does not a leader make. Merely issuing orders to 20-year-old lieutenants and NCOs didn't always work, any more than command and control works today. "Troops look to you not only to get leadership, but to get them out of tough situations." says State Street Corp.'s CEO Marshall Carter, who served as a rifle company commander in the 1st Marine Division and was awarded the Navy Cross and Purple Heart.

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