General Dwight D. Eisenhower's Operation Overlord

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What was the biggest decision you have ever made? Was is big enough to decide the fate of the world or the lives of thousands of men? General Dwight D. Eisenhower was a visionary and ethical leader by making the decision to launch the Normandy invasion against Nazi Germany on 6 June 1944. This turned the tide of the war allowing the allies to stop Hitler and Nazi Germany from world domination and the eradication of the Jewish population in Europe. This paper highlights the qualities that General Eisenhower had that made the Operation Overlord a success. His display of effective leadership qualities such as teamwork, decision making, and planning among others make him an outstanding leader. First, is an overview of Operation Overlord and…show more content…
You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world...I have full confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory! Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking” (Eisenhower, General Dwight D. Eisenhower (Ike) D-Day Message,…show more content…
If I were in the same position of leadership, I would not change anything General Eisenhower did. Instead I would use the same leadership skills that were applied by the General and expound on ones learned in this course to handle the group I am charged to lead. All leaders should always strive for the best, no matter what the circumstance is. In doing so, I have also learned from the research that leadership is not a personal role, but a collective role. In such occasions when a leader is called to make decisions he or she should consult his seniors or even juniors if the situation demands. I, like General Eisenhower, would use “inspiration motivation” to inspire my team members and encourage them towards the goal of the group (Thomas N. Barnes Center for Enlisted Education, 2012a). Finally, I would also be ready to take the blame in case of failure and not lodge it on the team

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