A Missing Link in Leadership: The Trial of Ltc Allen West
What is Leadership?
Dr. Richard Berry presents a thought-provoking depiction of current leadership theories as myths because of the effort to exclude or conceal the meaning and value of emotion. This would suggest that current leadership theory is incomplete due not only to the absence of emotions but independent thought and intuition as well.
Lieutenant Colonel Allen West—a husband, father of two, and a military officer with an impeccable service record including a previous award for valor—had his military career ended prematurely when he undertook extraordinary measures to protect the lives of his men. He was serving in Tikrit, Iraq, the home of the late Sadaam Hussein and dead center of what we all know today as the Sunni Triangle. He was not wounded, killed in action, or taken prisoner, but instead charged with felony offenses by the United States Army for mistreating an Iraqi detainee, who was believed to have information that was going to kill American soldiers.
This book documents what the effects of leadership can be when the power of the human spirit is allowed to flourish at the individual, group and organizational levels.