2013 Leadership Essay Contest Winner
Made possible by the generous support of Dr. J. Phillip London and CACI International
A good leader’s most important responsibility is preparing more good leaders. The question is how to do it most effectively.
In my final month of college, an alumnus of my ROTC unit delivered a box of books and videotapes to our building. We could take whatever we wanted, and I picked up a few books, including Andrew Gordon’s The Rules of the Game: Jutland and British Naval Command. I only had two finals that semester, and both occurred on the first day of exams. With those behind me, I had two weeks with little to do. So I spent hours each morning sitting in the sunny courtyard of my brick Georgian-style dormitory, wading through the 700-page tome.