Leadership and command

No study of the history of warfare and conflict can be complete without detailed consideration of the leadership, command and management aspects.

Photograph of an officer and soldiers in the first world war trenches

All too often this has been considered only at the level of the leader himself; the historiography of this is often complicated by an unhappy mix of 'great man theory', self-serving memoirs and hagiographic biographies.

Leadership and command are inter-disciplinary subjects and within War Studies at Birmingham, we have a high degree of expertise in blending the various approaches to provide the necessary analytic tools with which to tackle the various challenges history provides.

This is particularly relevant at the senior levels where the ability to interface across a wide range of complex and ambiguous arenas marks the true strategic leader. Nevertheless, leadership is important at every level of warfare, however defined.