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The Warrior’s Character: Leadership Wisdom From West Point’s Cadet Prayer by Don Snider

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CHAPTER SIXMORAL PRINCIPLES AND MORAL REASONING IN THE ETHICS OF LEADERSHIP

ANTHONY E. HARTLE

General Sir John Hackett once claimed that good soldiers must first of all be good people. His argument for that claim is compelling and one that the Military Academy fully accepts. The further question for a developmental institution like West Point focuses on what it means to be a good person. Over the last 20 years I have had the opportunity to work with the staff and faculty at the Military Academy in pursuing that question as well as the issue of what the Academy should teach cadets to help them become good men and women as well as good soldiers.

When I was a cadet learning about the values of the Academy and of the profession I aspired to enter, ...

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