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Basic resources and strategies for research on leadership, especially military leadership

Leadership Web Sites

Naval Leader Planning Guide 2014:  from The Center for Personal and Professional Development, Naval Education and Training Command; available on Navy Knowledge Online (NKO)

Navy Leader Competency Model (NLCM): from The Center for Personal and Professional Development, Naval Education and Training Command

Lejeune Leadership Institute, Marine Corps University: the Lejeune Leadership Institute was founded to "advance the study and practice of leadership excellence focusing on leadership development that is founded on Marine Corps values;" branches of the Institute cover Support, Doctrine, Ethics, Professional Programs, and Civilian Leaders Development Program.

Timeless Traits of Leadership: remarks by the Honorable John H. Dalton, SECNAV at USNA graduation, 31 May 1995

Principles of Naval Leadership:  from the Naval Leader Planning Guide, 2003 

Military Leadership: part of the Strategic Studies Institute of the United States Army War College; provides links to studies in a variety of military leadership categories, including Military Culture, Retention and Recruitment, Military Professionalism, Managing Change, and Managing Contractors.

Leadership, Ethics and Command Central, Air War College, Air University, U.S. Air Force: an extensive gateway to online resources relating to various aspects of leadership

Strategic Leadership Studies, Air War College, Air University, U.S. Air Force: provides links to many resources concerning great leaders, including biographical information and speeches, as well as other resources for teaching such as case studies.

Tips for Assessing Web Sites

The Internet provides access to a wide variety of information - some good and some less reliable.  Use care in deciding which sites to use for research.  These are some tips for assessing the quality of a web site.  Ultimately, you need to look for currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, and purpose.

  • Can you tell who created the site?  Some sites have corporate or institutional authors. Is there contact information for the author or sponsor?
  • Is the information provided well documented?
  • Are sources or links to sources given?
  • Is the page signed?  Commercial or institutional pages may use a corporate logo, but personal pages should be signed.
  • Beware of pages without any identification of origin.
  • Can you tell if there is a bias to the site?  A particular slant or bias is not necessarily bad, but you should be aware of it.
  • Can you tell when the site was last reviewed or updated?  Is the information current?