Topic: Military Theory
Robert E. Lee's Seven Rules
Leadership Principles for the new ADP 6-22; A Monograph by Major Gregory W. McLean, US Army, SAMS, AY 2012-001
General Robert E. Lee, one of the most revered generals in the history of the United States, did not have a checklist, but he did teach maxims which he used to teach his subordinates. Lee had seven basic and universal rules:
1. Never underestimate your adversary.
2. Try to know what your adversary is going to do before he knows what you are to do.
3. The offensive calls for surprise by inferior forces and for superior concentration at the critical point by equal forces.
4. Every movement must be measured in terms of an early start, accurate staff work, the endurance of the troops, and the marching capacity of their leaders.
5. The commander must have a good eye for ground.
6. Always interpret strategy in terms of available position and line of march.
7. Know your subordinates.