Frederick the great - Typology of officers
A hint of how one might best think about the issue of military competence. The prussian king suggested that there were four types of officers. first were the brilliant but lazy - he suggested such officers had the attributes to function at the highest levels of command. Second were the brilliant, but diligent. they made the best staff officers. Third were the less intelligent but lazy. They made good battalion officers. Finally there were the less intelligent and the diligent. They were the most dangerous to the proper functioning of any military organisation, in both peace and war, because of their penchant for confucing process and work for product.