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Meeting the Leadership Challenge

There are three important things to remember about the life of French General Jean Martinet.

One: He was a strict disciplinarian. He drilled his men brutally and demanded rigid adherence to the rules. He was so severe and exacting, he earned a place in the dictionary. Today, anyone displaying this style of leadership is branded “a martinet.”

Two: At the battle of Duisberg in 1767, General Martinet was shot to death by his own men.

Three: What General Martinet failed to realize, and what we can all learn from his experience, is that leadership is a two-way street. Effective leadership depends on other people. It is their willingness to accept us and support us that makes our leadership possible.

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