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Inside View: A Leader's Observations on Leadership by Walter F. Ulmer Jr.

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LEARNING AND RELEARNING

Warren Bennis once remarked that his early training at Fort Benning, Georgia, in Officer Candidate School, followed a couple years later by command of an Infantry Company on the battlefield in Europe, constituted his greatest learning experience. From June 1952 through June 1985 my service as an Army officer provided almost continuous opportunities to observe, practice, and learn about leadership.

In December 1953, returning to Japan at the end of the Korean War, I took command of my first unit. It was an Amphibious Tractor Company of 200 soldiers equipped with 53 armored vehicles designed to carry assault troops from ship to shore. Later I had opportunities to delve into leadership research while on the faculty of the ...

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