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Strategy Power Plays: Winning Business Ideas from the World's Greatest Strategic Minds by Karen Mccreadie, Tim Phillips

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57 LEAD FROM THE FRONT

Quoting from General Napier, Smiles says: ‘The great art of commanding is to take a fair share of the work.’ Leading from the front involves inspiring the troops by doing, as much as by saying.

Smiles believed that great leaders spend more time walking the walk than talking the talk. In Napier's case, he tells the tale of the battle of Meeanee in India – ‘one of the most extraordinary feats in history’. With just 2,000 men, of which only 400 were trained European troops, Napier took on a force of 35,000 Beloochees, charging their ranks and driving them back through sheer belligerence. ‘It is this sort of pluck, tenacity, and determined perseverance which wins soldiers’ battles, and, indeed, every battle,’ concludes ...

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