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Compare and Contrast - Leadership Styles

Select any FOUR great "Allied" (friendly) military leaders of World War II and discuss their leadership and what they did right and wrong. You may select any national leaders, generals or admirals. Here comes the hard any one Japanese AND any one NAZI leader and compare/contrast their leadership styles to the four great military leaders you selected. However, you may not select HITLER, YAMAMOTO, HIROHITO OR GOERING

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General Douglas MacArthur's was charismatic as a commander and considered a military genius who possessed intellectual power, courage, presence of mind, energy in action, staunchness, strength of character, sense of locality and imagination. He would need all these skills to accomplish one of his greatest achievements wherein his resistance to the invasion of Formosa and his insistence on the retaking of the Philippines were key factors in the successful campaign against Japan resulting in significantly reduced casualties for the Allies (Osgood, 1998).

Some things MacArthur did wrong in my opinion that had a cancerous effect on command were his occasional ethical lapses, occasional misstatements to his superiors and the press, and occasional bouts of outright insubordination (Osgood, 1998).

Eisenhower was the consummate staff officer and master of compromise, yet a brilliant tactician and strategic thinker whose biggest challenge in Europe was maintaining command independence in the face of strong opposition and, at times, hostility by Montgomery to his policies and right to command. His greatest achievements were the planning and execution of Overlord, his resolve in not yielding to the British urging for a single push attack on the continent, and the ability to make the coalition of allied forces work as a cohesive unit in harmony (Osgood, 1998).

Two of Eisenhower's failures involved his approval of Market Garden in an attempt to appease the British, regardless of his beliefs that it was not wise, and his refusal to sufficiently address the Russian question and the division of Europe, which invariably became the nexus of the "Cold War" (Osgood, 1998).

Bernard Montgomery possessed a leadership style with an insistence on complete readiness, and he was also a cautious, thorough strategist. He resonated with his troops and ...

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Discusses the different leadership styles of various leaders.