Mission Mastery

Revealing a 100 Year Old Leadership Secret

  • Brian Dive

Part of the Management for Professionals book series (MANAGPROF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Brian Dive
    Pages 1-19
  3. Brian Dive
    Pages 21-50
  4. Brian Dive
    Pages 51-75
  5. Brian Dive
    Pages 115-154
  6. Brian Dive
    Pages 155-180
  7. Brian Dive
    Pages 181-213
  8. Brian Dive
    Pages 215-247
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 313-330

About this book


This book reveals the story of how the first large learning organization was formed. Emerging around 1870, it involved an organizational transformation that followed a disaster some 60 years earlier. The great success of this process was the introduction of a totally new approach to leadership – a competitive edge that would go undetected for another 100 years.

The original development involved the Prussian/German Army under a great leader, Helmut von Moltke. NATO countries finally discovered this “secret weapon,” which they have since implemented in their mission command centers, in the 1980s. The book distils five underlying features or pillars of the transformed organization, and describes how they can be applied in civilian organizations to attain a state of Mission Mastery. Never before published, these ideas are supplemented by numerous references and practical examples to illustrate the persuasive power of the case made – namely that most civilian organizations are weak in terms of the five key ingredients needed for Mission Mastery.

“This book is a must-read for all charged with developing tomorrow's leaders.”

Sir Michael Perry, GBE – previously Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Unilever, Chairman of Centrica, Chairman of the Senior Salaries Review Body, Independent Director at Singapore Technologies Telemedia Pte. Ltd and Chairman of the Faculty Board at the Said Business School, Oxford University. 

“Mission Mastery is a masterwork.”

Professor Stephen J. Perkins, DPhil (Oxon) Dean Guildhall Faculty of Business & Law, London Metropolitan University, UK

“No other book on organizational leadership is as relevant today as Mission Mastery”.

Gerald A. Arbuckle, Organizational Anthropologist, and author of Humanizing Healthcare Reforms


Distributive leadership Experiential learning Leadership development Learning organization Mission command Organization design Organizational transformation and development

Authors and affiliations

  • Brian Dive
    • 1
  1. 1.FairlawnWeybridgeUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-25221-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-25223-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-8096
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-810X
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