“In a few words, a good leader is someone whom people will follow through thick and thin, in good times and in bad, because they have confidence in him as a person, in his ability and his knowledge of his job, perhaps because he looks the part, and also because his men know that they matter to him.”
Brigadier Sir John Smyth, Bt, VC, MC. (1893 to 1983), from Leadership in Battle 1914‐1918.
Sir John George Smyth, often known as Jackie Smyth, was a British Indian Army officer and a Conservative Member of Parliament. Although a recipient of the Victoria Cross, his military career ended in controversy.