Napoleon's Lack of Leadership Skills Essay

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During his life, Napoleon Bonaparte was a fantastic strategist and military leader. However, he made quite a few mistakes that led him to his fall from power. Through his catastrophic blunders, Napoleon brought about his own downfall. These mistakes included ostracizing France from the rest of Europe through his foreign policies, war mistakes, and oversights that occurred in his final years in power. Because of Napoleon’s errors, he exhausted France’s resources and reduced his allies. Because his political views destroyed France’s relationship with Europe, Napoleon had to over expand his forces to maintain control of Europe. At the end of his reign, Napoleon was left without support from anyone outside of France. However, he…show more content…
The rulers relied utterly on Napoleon himself. “The basic flaw in the structure was that it rested on foreign power, and could only last as long as this alien protection outweighed its domestic costs” (The Age of Napoleon p. 590). This was not as beautiful as it sounds, though. It ultimately failed Napoleon because the fusion of the previously separate principalities unified the German populous. Because of this unification, a sense of nationalism arose within the citizens of the confederation. Due to the dependency that the leaders of the confederation had on Napoleon, the population of the Rhine could not achieve their aspiration of a self-sustaining German country. As a consequence of the inability to achieve their ambition, a national resentment of their rulers and Napoleon developed throughout the nation. The confederation fell after the battle of Leipzig, and gradually, the people of Germany started to become the supervising portion of the government. By attempting to gain power, Napoleon ended unifying the people of Germany. Hence, he established a forthcoming adversary for France. Furthermore, Napoleon annihilated the last region that supported him. If Napoleon kept the people of Germany delighted, he would have had a loyal, determined source of recruits. Another drastic error that Napoleon made was faulty planning for and in the American
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