It Doesn't Take a Hero Essay

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It Doesn’t Take a Hero
Senior Seminar in Management
Professor Jeffrey Cothman
February 21, 2008

It Doesn’t Take a Hero
In this book titled “It Doesn’t Take a Hero” (H. Norman Schwarzkopf), General H. Norman Schwarzkopf reveals his remarkable life and career. He begins his autobiography by describing his childhood and how he eventually became a leader in the U.S. Army. This type of autobiography demonstrates how a leader is developed and what is needed in order to succeed in a career as well as how to lead a life by following a motto instated by his past leaders and followers. The autobiography goes through some background and detailed first hand experiences that makes a leader think twice of why he in the situation he is in. With
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Everything just felt like if it had fallen in place at this point. He was ready to prove to himself and his father that he was focused and that he would become the best cadet ever and eventually graduate to become a well respected educated, trained and inspired leader of character.
USMA (2008), a favorite expression at West Point is that "much-of the history we teach was made by people we taught." Great leaders such as Grant and Lee, Pershing and MacArthur, Eisenhower and Patton, Westmoreland and Schwarzkopf are among the more than 50,000 graduates of the Military Academy. Countless others have served society in the fields of medicine, law, business, politics, and science following their careers in uniform. (http://www.usma.edu/about.asp)
At West Point he eventually adapted to all the yelling and learned how to climb the ranks and become a leader. “It was my first taste of leadership and I found I was good at it.” (Schwarzkopf, 1992) When everything was said and done, he finally graduated from West Point and he felt like if he had accomplished on of his biggest goals in life. He felt like a good son, because not only did he do it for himself but it was his fathers dream to see him graduate from West Point. This was his calling and now he knew what “Duty, Honor, and Country, “meant. He chose infantry and he was well of to his first duty station, eager and hungry for glory, just like any new West Point graduate.
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