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General Sherman (IV) says one sign of effective leadership is having a small staff

More Sherman stuff to continue our celebration of Confederate Defeat Month: A bulky staff implies a division of responsibility, slowness of action, and indecision, whereas a small staff implies activity and concentration of purpose. The smallness of General Grant’s staff throughout the civil war forms the best model for future imitation. In addition, staffs should ...

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More Sherman stuff to continue our celebration of Confederate Defeat Month:

A bulky staff implies a division of responsibility, slowness of action, and indecision, whereas a small staff implies activity and concentration of purpose. The smallness of General Grant’s staff throughout the civil war forms the best model for future imitation.

In addition, staffs should not live better than the troops. "Officers should never seek for houses, but share the condition of their men."

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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