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Leadership Qualities - Part 1 (3 of 4)
Series: I Timothy
I Timothy 3:1-2
Norman Schwarzkopf grew up in a Military family as his father became a Major General (two stars) in the United States Army.
He graduated from West Point Military Academy and served with the 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Next he served in Berlin during a critical time leaving one week before the Berlin wall was erected by the Soviet Union.
Later, he served two tours in Vietnam and during his second tour he received word that men under his command had encountered
a minefield. He rushed to the scene in his helicopter and found several soldiers still trapped in the minefield. Schwarzkopf urged them to retrace their steps slowly. One man tripped a mine and was severely wounded but remained conscious. As the wounded man flailed in agony, the soldiers around him feared that he would set off another mine. Schwarzkopf, also wounded by the explosion, crawled across the minefield to the wounded man and held him down so another could splint his shattered leg.
Schwarzkopf led his surviving men to safety, by ordering the division engineers to mark the locations of the mines with shaving cream. Schwarzkopf was awarded his third Silver Star for his bravery but, more importantly to Schwarzkopf, he firmly cemented his reputation as an officer who would risk his life for the soldiers under his command.
Years later in 1990 as a Four Star General he was put in command of Operation Desert Shield to protect Saudi Arabia and became the over all commander of the multinational forces of Desert Storm during the Gulf War. Over the years he led many soldiers both in peacetime and war. During the Gulf War he led military leaders from many different counties as they joined together to fight.
He said that leadership includes two components: competence
and character. In his view, "Ninety-nine percent of the failure
of leadership is because of a fa ...
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