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Gen. Alexander M. Haig on: MacArthur's WWI Leadership Style
Gen. Alexander M. Haig HAIG: I used to tell a story and I write about it, in my book of his style of leadership as a young Brigadier in World War I. He was in the trenches with a unit that had to seize some ground and it was a very difficult task of leaping out of the trenches and charging through machine gun fire to the objective and said to the young officer in command, he said, "Young man, if you do this and you seize those enemy positions, I'm going to give you a Silver Star." And, the young fellow looked at him. He said, "No, come to think of it," he said, "I know you're going to do it," and he pinned the silver star on the young officer's chest and needless to say, that young fellow charged at extra speed to the objective at the other end. So, this was the kind of leadership that Douglas MacArthur exercised.

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