The Strengths and Weaknesses of General James 'Mad Dog' Mattis

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There are a variety of ways to define both leader and leadership. There is not, however, a clear definition of how to become one. There is no set list of mandatory traits, either innate or learned, that a person must embody to be considered successful or proved a failure. What I feel it takes is the right mix of strengths and weaknesses in a given situation to demonstrate effectiveness. No one person has abilities without accompanying deficiencies. It’s all in the way they are balanced. The balance in the way one uses his or hers’ abilities will ultimately determine the type of leadership one has throughout time. To support these claims I will examine a well-known leader throughout the military, General James “Mad Dog” Mattis. This essay …show more content…
There are a variety of ways to define both leader and leadership. There is not, however, a clear definition of how to become one. There is no set list of mandatory traits, either innate or learned, that a person must embody to be considered successful or proved a failure. What I feel it takes is the right mix of strengths and weaknesses in a given situation to demonstrate effectiveness. No one person has abilities without accompanying deficiencies. It’s all in the way they are balanced. The balance in the way one uses his or hers’ abilities will ultimately determine the type of leadership one has throughout time. To support these claims I will examine a well-known leader throughout the military, General James “Mad Dog” Mattis. This essay will provide some insight into both his strengths and weaknesses while discussing some personality traits he is said to possess. Retired General James Mattis was born in Pullman, Washington on 8 September 1950. He attended Richland High School and received a commission as Second Lieutenant upon graduating Central Washington University in 1972. General Mattis quickly rose to popularity with the Marines he served with and become known as one of the most esteemed Marine Corps officers of his generation. Due to his candor attitude and unapologetic manner, General Mattis was well educated adjusting to the conditions at hand, with the main focus on completing the mission in the smartest fashion. With a career of combat achievements under 42

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