The Beginning of Leadership…

“The beginning of leadership – is a battle for the hearts and minds of men.” Field Marshal Montgomery (1887 to 1976) Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery, in full Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, of Hindhead byname Monty, was a British Field Marshal and one of the outstanding Allied commanders in World… Read More

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Strength of Character…

“Intelligence, knowledge, and experience are telling prerequisites. Lack of these may, if necessary, be compensated for by a good general staff officer. Strength of character and inner fortitude, however, are decisive factors. The confidence of the men in the ranks rests upon a man’s strength of character.” Erich von Manstein (1887 to 1973) Erich von… Read More

They’ll Find Out…

“If you want to talk to men, it doesn’t matter whether they are private soldiers or staff officers, if you want to talk to them as a soldier, and not as a politician, there are only two things necessary. The first is to have something to say that is worth saying, to know what you… Read More

A General Menace…

“Determined leadership is vital throughout all echelons of command. Nowhere is it more important than in the higher ranks. Generals who become depressed when things are not going well, who lack the “drive” to get things done, and who lack the resolution, the robust mentality and the moral courage to see their plan through to… Read More

Projection of Personality…

“Leadership is that mixture of example, persuasion and compulsion which makes men do what you want them to do. I would say that it is a projection of personality. It is the most personal thing in the world, because it is just plain you.” Field Marshal Sir William Slim (1891 to 1970) William Slim, 1st… Read More

Administrative Risk…

“It is comparative easy to know what you want to do in any kind of war. Leadership consists in knowing whether you can do it–the risks you have to take. In the jungle the chief risks for the higher commander, brigadier and upwards, are administrative. He must learn to be a judge of administrative risk.”… Read More

A Town Called Berlin, Ontario

“The inhabitants of Berlin, Ontario, whose heritage is largely German, decided during the first world war to call the town Kitchener, after Lord Kitchener, the British field-marshal and secretary of war whose face appeared on recruiting posters.” Reference The Economist. (2019) Welcome to Toxic Town. The Economist. 14 December 2019, pp.29.