George C. Marshall : An Extraordinary Visionary And Ethical Leader

1795 Words Sep 7th, 2014 8 Pages
Warren Bennis, a renowned scholar in leadership studies said, “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” (Bennis, 2014) Widely regarded as one of the greatest Generals in U.S. military history and one of the most important men of the 20th century, George C. Marshall was an extraordinary visionary and ethical leader. In this paper I will first, cover how George Marshall used his understanding of pressures for organizational change to transform the post WWI United States Army and how his transformational leadership put his vision into action. Next I will cover how George Marshall was an ethical leader through ethical behavior and how his fair-mindedness helped create and enact the Marshall Plan. Last, I will relate the principle of a visionary and ethical leader to my personal relevance. George C. Marshall was a strategic visionary leader and an astute statesman. When Marshall was appointed as the Chief of Staff of the Army in 1939 he knew that transforming the Army at a time of “volatile and uncertain environment” was essential for “survival”. (Nelson, 1993) “The flames of conflict worldwide seemed about to get out of control. Europe stood on the verge of war.” (Nelson, 1993) That same day Germany invaded Poland and conducted what was known as the blitzkrieg. According to John T. Nelson’s, Strategic Leadership and the Challenges of Reconstituting the Army, he stated that Marshall envisioned the Army as a force that was fully manned, trained, and…
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