George Marshall’s leadership
The Army’s definition of leadership is “the process of influencing people by providing purpose, direction and motivation while operating to accomplish the mission and improving the organization.” An army leader is anyone who inspires and influences people to accomplish their goals. Leaders motivate people both inside and outside the army to help them pursue their goals, focus thinking, and shape decisions for the better of the army. The united states history is full of great army leader that inspired and continue to inspire us not only by their ability to succeed and accomplish mission but also by their exemplary leadership skills that we can all learn from. George Catlett Marshall is one the best and distinguished leader among them.
George Marshall was an American statesman and soldier who served as the Chief of Staff of the United States Army under two US Presidents. During his long and illustrious career, he also served as Secretary of State, and then Secretary of Defense, under President Harry S. Truman. As an army man, he gained much fame for his leadership skills during the World War II during which he built and directed the largest army in history and was hailed as one of the military heroes in the Allied victory in World War II by Winston Churchill, the British Prime Minister. A patriotic soul from the very beginning, he decided early on to join the army and enrolled at the Virginia Military Institute. Following his graduation as a senior first captain of the Corps of Cadets, he served in several posts in the Philippines and the United States. During the World War I, he planned the first American attack and victory of the war at Cantigny and played a major role in the planning and coordination of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Eventually he became the Chief of Staff and organized the largest military expansion in U.S. history during the World War II. After the war, he was made Secretary of State. As Secretary of State from 1947 to 1949, Marshall received credit for the Marshal Plan for Europe’s post-war rebuilding. He will later be honored with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953.