Class Highlight - U.S. Military Leadership


Class Highlight - U.S. Military Leadership

What class?

LSAL 5463 – U.S. Military Leadership: Insights and Applications

Why is it cool?

Since its inception, the United States military has evolved from a small 18th-century army and wooden sailing ship navy to a world superpower in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Advances in technology, maturing military theory and the changing position of the U.S. in the world all had a hand in making the U.S. military what it’s become over the past two centuries. Each shift produced diverse leadership styles, illustrated by the careers of military leaders like George Washington, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, John Pershing, Hap Arnold, Douglas MacArthur Norman Schwarzkopf, Colin Powell, David Petraeus, Stanley McChrystal and many others. U.S. Military Leadership: Insights and Applications puts this into perspective by exploring how lessons of military leadership might be helpful to leaders and managers in various civilian sectors.

This class is cool because it guides students in the study of leadership in the U.S. military from the American Revolution to the war in Afghanistan, all within the context of the evolution of American military. During the course, students will learn how military leadership differs from its other forms, what constitutes outstanding success or incredible failure of leadership, and how lessons from U.S. military leadership may be applied in civilian leadership and management.

One of the best things about this course is that it gives students the opportunity to explore pressing and popular topics, like the various ways scientific and technological advances in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries have affected the global geopolitical balance of power, or the war powers of the President and Congress under the U.S. Constitution.

Students, both military and civilian, will leave the class better-informed citizens, ready to debate and discuss current events with anyone, anywhere, said SME Steve Gullberg.

“The course helps students examine how lessons of military leadership can be used to enhance civilian leadership,” Gullberg said. “Members of the military will see the value that the leadership they learn will have when they leave the service, and it also will give them greater insight and understanding in the present by exploring military leadership from an outside perspective. Civilian students greatly benefit by this exposure to some of our country’s greatest historical leaders, too. They take away a much better understanding of how to lead and motivate those with whom they work.”

Talk to your advisor to see if this class might be right for you, or see what else is offered at the College of Professional and Continuing Studies.

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Tami Althoff

Tami Althoff holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is a reporter with more than 20 years’ experience working for newspapers, including The Oklahoman. She has covered everything from breaking news to local music and art. She loves sports, especially OU football and basketball games, where she often embarrasses her children by yelling too loudly.