Richard Lummis and I are back and we head in a different direction today. This episode begins a three-part podcast series where consider the two principals from a titanic struggle in the early 1950s. It was between President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur. In today’s Part 2, we consider some of the leadership lessons from MacArthur.

Some of the issues posed by a study of MacArthur’s leadership style include:

  • Some of the leadership principles of Truman included: (a) The Confidence to Stand Alone; (b) The Courage to Make Tough Decisions; and (c) The Compassion to Listen to the Needs of Others.
  • Treat subordinates with respect but when it comes time to terminate, do so.
  • Delegate when appropriate but keep the decisions you to make to yourself.
  • Stay cool, calm and collected.
  • Always set an example for your subordinates.

Additional resources

3 Traits of a True Leader

Leadership Lessons for New Managers from an Old General

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