War puts leadership to the ultimate test. During a war, a leader must make life or death decisions and be held accountable for those decisions while grappling not only with military strategy, but also political, economic, and domestic dynamics.
My guest explores the lives of nine wartime leaders and what we can learn from them in his latest book: Leadership in War: Essential Lessons From Those Who Made History. His name is Andrew Roberts, and we last had him on the show to talk about his biography of Winston Churchill. We begin today’s conversation discussing how Andrew decided on the leaders to highlight in his book, how he defines a “great” leader, and how that definition includes nefarious dictators like Hitler and Stalin. We then take a look at the leadership style of Napoleon, as well as that of World War II leaders like Churchill, Eisenhower, and Marshall. We also unpack how Hitler and Stalin gained power, despite having serious character defects. We end our conversation with the qualities this varied set of leaders held in common.
- What defines a great leader?
- How did Napoleon inspire intense devotion from his soldiers (and the citizens under his rule)?
- What Churchill learned from the WWI debacle at the Dardanelles
- Why Andrew was befuddled that Hitler rose to power in the first place
- What ultimately led to Hitler’s downfall?
- How did Stalin rise to power? What was he like as a leader?
- What were the doubts that people had about George Marshall? How did he prove them wrong?
- What commonalities did these leaders share?
Resources/People/Articles Mentioned in Podcast
- My first interview with Andrew about Churchill
- Napoleon: A Life by Andrew Roberts
- Churchill’s disaster of the Dardanelles
- Assault Your Assumptions Through Red Teaming
- Operation Barbarossa
- Lessons From the Art of War: Good Leaders vs. Bad Leaders
- 43 Books About War Every Man Should Read
- The Friendship, Rivalry, and Leadership of WWII’s 3 Greatest Generals
- The Leader’s Bookshelf
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