Friday, 23 June 2017

Leadership

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Sir Andrew Barnard said of Wellington at Waterloo,

"We had a notion that while he was there nothing could go wrong."
This is the effect good leaders have on their men. In fact things always go wrong. So much went wrong at Waterloo that the Duke's own manuscript of his account of the battle was stained with his tears. 

When a leader no longer inspires this confidence, but makes his followers think that with him in charge almost everything might easily go wrong, he must go. This since the election is the case with Theresa May. It was the case with John Major, George W. Bush and Fran├žois Hollande, but is not the case with Donald Trump or even with Angela Merkel.

1 comment:

  1. Of course, Wellington had a history of victory in the Peninsular Wars, too. Much as RE Lee did for the Army of Northern Virginia.

    It helped that they both had the arguably(?) the very best infantry in the world at the time bar none.


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