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What Makes Great Leaders Great: Management Lessons from Icons Who Changed the World by Frank Arnold

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CHAPTER 40

Embody Integrity

LEARNING FROM

General George Marshall

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In 1953, General George Marshall (1880–1959) became the first professional soldier to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for the United States’ economic aid and reconstruction program for Western Europe that was named after him—the Marshall Plan. Marshall was held in high esteem for his integrity the whole world over.

His military career began in 1897 when he was 17 years old, and just a year later he was already an active participant in the Spanish-American War in the Philippines. During World War I he led military operations by the U.S. Army in France. In 1936 he was promoted to the ...

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