Robert E. Lee on Leadership : Executive Lessons in Character, Courage, and Vision
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Robert E. Lee was a leader for the ages. The man heralded by Winston Churchill as "one of the noblest Americans who ever lived" inspired an out-manned, out-gunned army to achieve greatness on the battlefield. He was a brilliant strategist and a man of unyielding courage who, in the face of insurmountable odds, nearly changed forever the course of history.
"A masterpiece—the best work of its kind I have ever read. Crocker's Lee is a Lee for all leaders to study; and to work, quite deliberately, to emulate." — Major General Josiah Bunting III, superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute
In this remarkable book, you'll learn the keys to Lee's greatness as a man and a leader. You'll find a general whose standards for personal excellence was second to none, whose leadership was founded on the highest moral principles, and whose character was made of steel. You'll see how he remade a rag-tag bunch of men into one of the most impressive fighting forces history has ever known. You'll also discover other sides of Lee—the businessman who inherited the debt-ridden Arlington plantation and streamlined its operations, the teacher who took a backwater college and made it into a prestigious university, and the motivator who inspired those he led to achieve more than they ever dreamed possible. Each chapter concludes with the extraordinary lessons learned, which can be applied not only to your professional life, but also to your private life as well.
Today's business world requires leaders of uncommon excellence who can overcome the cold brutality of constant change. Robert E. Lee was such a leader. He triumphed over challenges people in business face every day. Guided by his magnificent example, so can you.
it was immediately: “A. P. Hill from Harper’s Ferry.” Their uniforms were a way to make do, replacing their own tatterdemalion grey with confiscated Federal stores. Confederate General A. P. Hill, who had been left to finish the job at Harper’s Ferry, had started his men as soon as he could, leading them on a 17-mile forced march. Of the 5,000 who started that morning, only 3,000 remained, the others having fallen out or been left straggling behind. With serendipitous precision, Hill arrived
in like the base of a J on the Federal right at Cemetery Hill and Culp’s Hill. On the first day of battle, as he rode up to investigate the action that had suddenly erupted, Lee inspected the ground. The Confederates were shoving the Federals from their advanced positions in front of Gettysburg and along Seminary Ridge. As the Federals took up their new line, which would often be called “the fishhook” because of its shape, Lee saw that an assault on the Union right, at the curve of the J, would
outrun the Union commander. His only option would be to try and fight again. But the end for Lee was apparent on April 9, 1865. It was then that General John B. Gordon—a Georgian elevated by Lee to corps command during the siege at Petersburg, and who had proved himself an able subordinate—fought the last engagement of the Army of Northern Virginia near Appomattox Court House. “Tell General Lee,” Gordon ordered, “I have fought my corps to a frazzle, and I fear I can do nothing unless I am heavily
Jackson was a taskmaster, and could be unforgiving with subordinates, though he had lapses himself. He was also a poor judge of men, preferring to surround himself with parsons and favorites rather than with talented professionals. But one cannot argue with Jackson’s successes, or with the fact that the tight-lipped, hard-marching, stern-disciplined eccentric won the respect and admiration of his soldiers, who, as one trooper recalled, “unconsciously adapted some of the General’s ways; they were
could be ground-up anything. Few captured the feeling better than one of Stuart’s officers, who wrote: “It is impossible for me to give you a correct idea of the fatigue and exhaustion of the men and beasts at this time. From great exertion, constant mental excitement, want of sleep and food, the men were overcome, and so tired and stupid as almost to be ignorant of what was transpiring around them. Even in line of battle, in momentary expectation of being made to charge, they would throw