“When you are commanding, leading [soldiers] under conditions where physical exhaustion and privations must be ignored, where the lives of [soldiers] may be sacrificed, then, the efficiency of your leadership will depend only to a minor degree on your tactical ability. It will primarily be determined by your character, your reputation, not much for courage-which will be accepted as a matter of course-but by the previous reputation you have established for fairness, for that highminded patriotic purpose, that quality of unswerving determination to carry through any military task assigned to you.”
General George C. Marshall (1880 to 1959)
George Catlett Marshall was a General in the US Army, being Army Chief of Staff during World War II (1939-45) and later US Secretary of State (1947-49) and Defence (1950-51). The European Recovery Programme he proposed in 1947 became known as the Marshall Plan. He received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1953.