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8 Leading Individuals to Become Self-Leaders

HOW DID GENERAL DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER become such an admired leader? In the years prior to World War II, we can trace the development of Eisenhower’s leadership style. As he absorbed the military environment he learned to be delegated to and, in turn, to delegate authority. Ike learned leadership through exposure to models that strongly facilitated his own self-leadership skills.1

One of the greatest influences and most important models in Eisenhower’s life and career was General George C. Marshall. Their relationship has been described variously as being like that of father and son, leader and protégé, and partners. Undoubtedly, Eisenhower learned much from Marshall.

From the very start, Marshall ...

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