Grey Eminence: Fox Conner and the Art of Mentorship

Grey Eminence: Fox Conner and the Art of Mentorship

by Edward Cox


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To those who have heard of him, Fox Conner's name is synonymous with mentorship. He is the "grey eminence" within the Army whose influence helped to shape the careers of George Patton, George Marshall, and, most notably, President Eisenhower. What little is known about Conner comes primarily through stories about his relationship with Eisenhower, but little is known about Fox Conner himself. After a career that spanned four decades, this master strategist ordered all of his papers and journals burned. Because of this, most of what is known about Conner is oblique, as a passing reference in the memoirs of other great men. This book combines existing scholarship with long-forgotten references and unpublished original sources to achieve a more comprehensive picture of this dedicated public servant. The portrait that emerges provides a four-step model for developing strategic leaders that still holds true today. First and foremost, Conner was a master of his craft. Secondly, he recognized and recruited talented subordinates. Then he encouraged and challenged these protégés to develop their strengths and overcome their weaknesses. Finally he wasn't afraid to break the rules of the organization to do it. Here, for the first time ever, is the story of Major General Fox Conner.

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ISBN-13: 9781581072037
Publisher: New Forums Press
Publication date: 12/13/2010
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 814,953
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Edward Cox is a major in the U.S. Army. He is currently an assistant professor of American Politics, Public Policy and Strategy in the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY. He has served in various command and staff positions in combat units for twelve years, including two years in Iraq. He holds a bachelor's degree in American politics from the U.S. Military Academy and master's degrees in public administration and international relations from Syracuse University.

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Brian D. Shaw

Edward Cox has written a fascinating portrait of one of our nation's great soldiers who is little known and under-appreciated. --(Brian D. Shaw, President, The George C. Marshall Foundation)


Leaders at every level will learn much from this book about the exemplary life of Major General Fox Conner. --(Lieutenant General David H. Huntoon, Jr.)

Steve Dumont

Ed Cox captures the essence and true spirit of mentoring at the top. --(Steve Dumont, Managing Partner, The Mentorship Partnership)

Don Vandergriff

Ed Cox's book serves as a premier case study on what leaders at all levels, in and out of the Army, need to do to build and sustain a learning organization. --(Don Vandergriff)

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