Just a little background first. I was going through some of my dad's stuff and came across a box of cards. The Box said Patton on Leadership. There are 70 cards with pronouncements that are recognized as Patton's Leadership style and technique. Each card has two sections the first is a historical event detailed in Patton's own words. The second interprets the "lessons" Patton has given us and applies them to present day business situations.
I will share what is on the cards. If anyone would like to add comments, thoughts and interpretations, that would be great.
#1 Lead Instead of Push
1. On one occasion, Patton returned to headquarters from the front lines. He called a senior colonel over to a map, marked a point on a river, and declared, "Cross the river at this point."
"General, we have little information about the depth of the river."
"We will cross where I made the mark! Everyman can walk across, and I am certain the tanks can drive across."
"How can you be sure, General?"
"Take a look at my pants! That's how shallow the water is. I walked across without collecting any enemy fire!"
2. Trying to lead men from behind makes you a driver and not a leader. You cannot push a log chain and you cannot troops. A leader has to be ahead of his men. You've got to know what is going on all the time. You cannot swim without being in water! You cannot ice skate without being on the ice. No one ever learned to skate on a map board.