Napoleon Bonaparte Leadership Traits

820 Words 4 Pages The life of French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte can be described as a revolutionist, brilliant military strategist, fearless solider, charismatic speaker, and tyrant. One thing that is undeniable is that Bonaparte was an astounding leader. He was a Corsican born soldier who as a child was teased for not being able to speak proper French language. Napoleon showed fearless determination on the battle field and an astonishing ability to lead that enabled him to become the emperor by the age of 34 .
2. At his time, his leadership style was considered unconventional and unorthodox but today we believe that he possessed all the major and minor characteristics making him a brilliant leader.
Initial Phase of Life
3. Napoleon was born at Ajaccio,
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Resolution and Clear Vision. As regards the generals he said, “The essential quality of a general is resolution. A general should never paint pictures of a situation rather his intelligence should be as clear as the lens of a telescope. A general who has to see things through the eyes of others cannot command an army as it is likely to be commanded”. He goes on to say, “An army of lions led by a stag will never be an army of lions”. He possessed these traits and abilities himself and persuaded others to acquire the same.

7. Farsightedness. To him planning a campaign was an exacting work of art, as the following citation shows, “At the moment when war is declared, there are so many things to be done that it is wise to think few years ahead. I am accustomed to think out three or four months in advance what I should do and base my calculation on the worst
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Trust and Loyalty. Napoleon was a great motivator of people. From the lowest soldier to the high ranking generals, Bonaparte realized that in order for him to succeed he had to have the people around him high spirited regarding their specific missions. He understood that a leader must win the trust of the people he is leading. His soldiers were very de-motivated and in low morale. To add insult to injury, they had not been paid for their services in months since the country was almost broke at the time. When Napoleon arrived he changed everything. He knew exactly how to motivate people. After victories in Austria, Piedmont and Prussia , he would enter the major cities of those countries and win the

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