Leadership Qualities Of Field Marshal Harold Alexander

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LEADERSHIP QUALITIES

26. The dictionary meaning of Leadership is the action of leading a group of people or an organization, or the ability to do this. According to Dwight D. Eisenhower “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. To become an effective Military Leader, one need to have some significant leadership qualities”. Field Marshal Harold Alexander demonstrated leadership qualities throughout his military career and political career.

a. Knowledge. Facts, information and skills acquired through experience or education which gain through the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject is called knowledge. A good leader must be a master of his profession and should have an ability to utilize his knowledge for given situation in effective manner. Consequently, he would be able to build confidence and trust among his subordinate and also with higher commanders. Harold Alexander when he was in India in 1942 he secretly learned Hindi with in short period of time. He managed to address Indian troop with the knowledge of Hindi language. Moreover, he would be able to manifest his competence, trust and also increase the morale of the troops. Also, with enormous knowledge he had be a pioneer of for maneuvering his troops from air, sea and ground. As commander of the 15th Army Group, Alexander directed the Allied invasion of Sicily in July 1943 and it was very success. Harold’s knowledge was largely responsible
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