Leadership is an essential quality which all officers are presumed to possess. But the amount of actual possession is a variable. Some come by it naturally and in high degree as a result of inherited qualities. In others, and by far the greater number, it needs to be developed. For such development, proven rules of conduct are an accepted and safe guide. The pages of this book ably summarize the results of the broad experience of many efficient leaders and show the qualities contributing to their success. The suggestions offer a direct short cut to the understanding and acquirement of true leadership, instead of the slow process through experience, wherein the right way is learned as much by error as by success. It is believed that from them all officers may benefit, each according to his needs. Further, that under the development of better standards of guidance, the army as a whole will profit. In presenting these in attractive and assimilable form, the author has rendered a valuable public service.