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Accession Number ADA583537
Title Military Operations: The Harmful Effects of Hubris Influenced Leaders.
Publication Date May 2013
Media Count 27p
Personal Author S. E. Smith
Abstract Military failures resulting from the fatal flaw of hubris have the potential for significant lost national treasure and blood. From a combatant commander's perspective, a military leader driven by the dangerous illusion of personal grandeur, arrogance, and narcissism endangers operational objectives and negatively influences current and future strategic objectives. The continual battle to resist hubris temptations requires inner personal humility. However, combatant commanders cannot assume their own success, or that of their subordinates, in resisting hubris. They must embark on a continuous evaluation, re-education, and, where necessary, removal process. A culture of 360-degree awareness regarding military leaders is critical to avoiding the negative impacts of hubris. Three historical cases provide situations in which hubris led to disastrous strategic effects: Alcibiades' expedition to Sicily during the Peloponnesian War, Napoleon Bonaparte's attempt to conquer Russia in 1812, and L. Paul Bremer's Iraqi government transitional leadership. All three examples provide a foundation for the claim that hubris exists as an inherent character flaw, and an individual's access to power serves only to set the azimuth of impact. While eradicating hubris entirely from an operational leader's character is implausible, leaders at all levels can strengthen their awareness of this trait and prevent squandered opportunities.
Keywords 360-degree leadership
Bonaparte napoleon
Bremer paul
Iraqi war
Military commanders
Military forces(Foreign)
Military history
Military operations
Peloponnesian war
Personal grandeur

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92D - Education, Law, & Humanities
92B - Psychology
57T - Psychiatry
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author Naval War Coll., Newport, RI. Joint Military Operations Dept.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Research paper.
NTIS Issue Number 1401
Contract Number N/A

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