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Leadership Course (LD)
Academic Year 2021


This course explores the facets of leadership most critical to successful contributions in military service at the operational level, whether in staff or command positions: mental agility, moral composure, and skillful relational authenticity. Leadership is identifying purposes and moving others toward them. In this course, students inquire how certain foundational precepts can develop them as operational leaders and prepare them to think strategically. Students will also practice habits of mind in two mandated areas—making ethically sound decisions and navigating complexity and uncertainty. The course is not about the specifics of command, although it offers excellent development for command’s leadership challenges. Joint Doctrine distinguishes leadership from command, stating that command is authority lawfully exercised with its unique responsibilities, while “the art of command resides in the commander’s ability to use leadership to maximize performance.” Our Leadership and Command Elective addresses the specifics of command.


For information about this Air Command and Staff College course, contact the course director.   Course readings are available in Canvas.

The following items that have call numbers are on the ACSC Leadership Course (LD) Reserve Shelf at AUL and must be used in the library.  Those without call numbers are available electronically.

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