Leadership Candor

Uldrich, Jack
May 2005
Leadership Excellence Essentials;May2005, Vol. 22 Issue 5, p9
This article focuses on the leadership of George C. Marshall, who is the general of the U.S. army and Secretary of State. Former U.S. President, Winston Churchill called him the organizer of victory. As Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army from 1939 to 1945, Marshall transformed the Army from a poorly armed force of 175,000 men into the most powerful military service in history. In 1947, as Secretary of State, he introduced the European Recovery Plan better known as the Marshall Plan to restore the European continent torn apart by war and nearing financial and political collapse. Many credit him with winning the peace. In 1953, he became the first soldier to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1926, after serving in various high-level positions in World War I, Marshall accepted a job at the Army Infantry School because he knew that the next war would be radically different and that the U.S. needed to train a new generation of more flexible and innovative leaders.


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