George C. Marshall

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"You can learn how to create an environment which forces people to decide to stretch, reach, and grow to their maximum potential" Introduction George C. Marshall grew up as the youngest child in the family. He was not regarded highly by his brother or his father. He did not excel in the early years of his schooling. Marshall determined to set himself apart from everyone else, and show his brother and father that he could be someone great. In business, this is called differentiation. It is a way that you set yourself apart from those you are competing with. By showing others he was different, Marshall gained the respect of a nation.

Marshall tried to work his way up through the chain of command for many years. He gained the respect of his superiors by standing up to them when they ridiculed him. This was one of Marshall's major steps into becoming a great leader for our country.

Marshall was noted for his ability to "see" the needs of America. As a manager in a business you must see the needs of the company. Whether those needs are in the area of finance to marketing to planning, you must be able to see those needs and change them. A necessary step that must be taken after seeing a need is making the changes required. Marshall saw the changes that the military needed and made them.

Marshall did not enjoy being in the public spotlight. He was not interested in politics or the baggage that accompanies it. He never ran for office and never wanted to. Marshall is seen as a great introvert who not only knew how to be a leader, but he knew how to make leaders of others. Marshall gained his reputation by what he did. He learned...