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THIS WAS LIMITED TO A 1-2 PAGE ESSAY ANSWER TIMED FOR A MIDTERM EXAM Question According to Sun Tzu War is appraised in five fundamentals How do these five fundamentals interrelate and how does the individual shape them Define Military leadership within these five fundamentals Answer If the interpretation of Sun Tzus five fundamentals by Chang Y is adhered to then the importance lies not only in the list but the order itself Moral Influence Weather Terrain Command and Doctrine Although one can easily agree that moral influence as defined by Tzu is the forerunner of the fundamentals the remainder of the order can just as easily be argued In the modern terminology it is necessary to combine the influence with parts of Tzus definition of command and thus the emergence of Command Climate Essential to leadership and therefore the attitude of the troops and the subsequential mission accomplishment stems from the attitude of the led and the relationship they have with their leader When a leader displays self-confidence and then supports their actions with sincerity humanityand strictness then a command climate exists where the soldiers feel they are respected and that their leader has their best interest in mind--both in garrison training and combat even if that best interest includes the fair imposing of disciplinary action Once the soldiers are ready to follow their leader the second most important fundamental must fall to the doctrine Even with a fantastic leader a faulty doctrine can carry soldiers only so far and the overall success will forever extend beyond grasp As defined by Tzu the organization control and assignment of appropriate ranks to officers becomes the spearhead of this importance Once the leader is emplaced by way of appropriateness and builds his rapport with his troops the organization and control or discipline of the army rounds out the necessary factors of an efficient arm of the military However the second
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