Character Study on General Dwight D. Eisenhower

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General Dwight D. EisenhowerEisenhower graduated from West Point in the class of 1915. Prior to WW II, he served with George C. Marshall in the War Department. During the Second World War, he became the Commanding General for the European Theater and was later promoted to Supreme Allied Commander for the invasion, conquest and liberation of Europe.

Later he became the 34th President of the United States. After retiring as President, Eisenhower asked for and was granted his rank as General of the Army (5 stars).

Positive reputation – Totally committed to maintaining harmony among the allies, he would not tolerate any internal bickering or rivalry among commanders. He had the authority, from Marshall, FDR, and Churchill, to relieve anyone guilty of creating disharmony and did so very quickly and decisively on several occasions.

Value to the team – Eisenhower was the catalyst through use of personal charm at holding together the best manpower teams the Allies had in order to defeat Germany.

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Character traits:

Unassuming, but calculated risk-taker

Impersonal with his staff

Articulate, charming, confident

Tolerant, tactful and discreet

Suave, poised and polished

Eager to appease

Adamant at maintaining harmony

Compromiser, yet a stabilizing force

Amiable and sociable with troops

Opinionated and independent thinker

What others had to say about Dwight D. Eisenhower:

General George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff Although I did not know Eisenhower well, he came highly recommended by Douglas MacArthur. I asked General Mark Clark who I respected to give me ten names as possible candidates to be my assistant in the War Department. He gave me Eisenhower with nine dittos.” Eisenhower impressed Marshall with his personal charm and geniality... critical character traits needed in keeping the Allies working together as a team.

General Omar Bradley – “Eisenhower was given an impossible task as Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. He had to be a strategist, logician and commander charged with holding together a coalition of forces under different flags which individually had personal pride and distinct, natural rivalries. The job demanded objectivity and prudence as a counter to these ties. In this, Eisenhower excelled. With determination and tenacity, he made the Allied Command work.”

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