What Makes A Good Military leader? - Page 2




 
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October 31st, 2004  
A Can of Man
 
 
Basically you'll need to get the closest thing to a perfect human being. Then you got yourself a good military leader.
October 31st, 2004  
Doc.S
 
That is very true the_13th_redneck

Cheers:
Doc.S

October 31st, 2004  
godofthunder9010
 
 
One interesting fact: Ulysses S Grant abosolutely sucked at pretty much everything else he tried in life. Being a General was something he was just naturally good at.
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October 31st, 2004  
A Can of Man
 
 
Yeah Grant was pretty good. Lee was actually better, but Grant had more toys to play with.
October 31st, 2004  
godofthunder9010
 
 
A friend of mine makes an interesting point. Battle of the Wilderness was similar to a chessmatch between two masters. His numerical strength was not overwhelming. After play and counterplay, block and counterplay again, it was Grant who gained a wedge up the middle and forced Lee to retreat. At the Battle of Vicksburg, his strategies were excellent. He's a tad under-rated sometimes.

Grant's foremost strength in confronting Lee there was that (unlike all prior commanders of the Potomac Army) was that he did not back off in the face of casualties. Lee had perhaps become spoiled by the lack of stomach on the part of prior Union commanders he had faced. Lee is still better, don't get me wrong, but Grant was a lot better of a commander than some historians give him credit for.
October 31st, 2004  
cbbr08
 
Troop welfare, comunication and acountability
October 31st, 2004  
FlyingFrog
 
You can not make a Great Leader.

All Great Leaders are BORN to be great leaders.

Of course all great leaders have common attributes.
October 31st, 2004  
Missileer
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by FlyingFrog
You can not make a Great Leader.

All Great Leaders are BORN to be great leaders.

Of course all great leaders have common attributes.
I think you've hit on something there FlyingFrog. Audie Murphy and Alvin York along with a lot of other MOH holders seem to have stepped out of the ranks and showed their qualities.
October 31st, 2004  
A Can of Man
 
 
Yup, contrary to belief, not everyone is born equal. From day 1 some of us have it right, some of us have it pretty bad.
It's a lousy thing to say but it is true.
But I think the vast majority of us are still good enough to have reasonable successes. The ones that don't... well either they were in a hopeless situation or they're just not trying.
And for those who really can't get anything done... you can always join the Army lol.