Naval War College Review


John E. Jackson


When you enter the word “leadership” into the Google search engine, you get 285 million hits, which is one indication of the volume of material available on the complex issue of how individuals motivate and direct the be- havior of others. No single theory of leadership development is universally ac- cepted. Opinions range from that of writers who claim that leadership is an inherent trait that exists in some people since birth (and cannot be taught) to the view of Professor Howard Prince, whose quote above expresses his belief that studying the actions of experienced leaders can improve the skills of those desir- ing to be more successful in leading others.