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OMAR BRADLEY: THE CONSUMMATE SERVANT LEADER

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I can't think of this guy without conjuring an image of Karl Maulden in the movie 'Patton' ;)

General Bradley learned and honed his leadership skill by watching superior officers – good and bad — for traits to emulate or avoid.

General Omar Bradley wrote, “no commander can become a strategist until he first knows his men. Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals, he is unfit for command.” General Bradley’s unique leadership traits and style revolutionized leadership theory and remain worthy of emulation in the ranks.

Unlike a number of his counterparts, who were colorful and employed an autocratic leadership style, Bradley was an unassuming leader who was polite, courteous, and collaborative. He was popular with subordinates and peers alike, for not only his human understanding and consideration of their needs, but also his humility.

For example, he invited his peers’ criticism to refine military plans for success. He recruited younger talent, to bring fresh thinking to stubborn problems and embodied the ‘servant leadership model long before academic journals described it. General Bradley learned and honed his leadership skill by watching superior officers – good and bad — for traits to emulate or avoid. His legacy endures as that of a pioneer, who transformed how the military and business worlds view leadership.

 
The first image that came to mind was Karl Malden

Great minds think alike....but

Fools seldom differ ;)
 
Bradley was also a great enabler for Eisenhower. Through his ability to bring about consensus and support, he was able to help Eisenhower's vision translate into successful operations.

And yes, Karl Malden... still an enjoyable movie to watch
 
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