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Old Today, 02:16 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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While reading about leadership, it said most are born leaders but recently it has been found that it can be learned.... Im not so sure about that.. but would like some views...but this man seems to have been something else in what France became.. it says he was fearless in battle.. I just wonder how many of our recentl leaders would have been the same....doubt it, Id love to send Tony Blair .



French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was a huge driving force in history, building and creating France to what it is today, and showing a great example of what leadership is to the rest of the world. He was one of the most brilliant military tacticians and strategists of his time and, unorthodox though his methods were, no one could deny how brilliant of a leader he was. He was fearless in the battlefield, and had enough charisma to draw people in with his words. Of course, there are other words that have been used to describe him: tyrant, motivator, revolutionary, ruthless politician. But one of his most enduring titles was that of a leader.https://www.cleverism.com/11-leaders...eon-bonaparte/
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Old Today, 03:33 AM
 
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... but would like some views...but this man seems to have been something else in what France became..

French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was a huge driving force in history, building and creating France to what it is today ...
I can't address the leadership issue per se, but Napoleon Bonaparte was a driving force in history much, much further afield than merely France.

His actions are intimately connected with the westward and southeastern expansion of the United States, the independence of Latin American countries from Spain, the sparking of national and independence movements within European countries, including the demise of the so-called Holy Roman Empire, and, though not familiar with the details, I am sure that he had lasting impact on Russia, not to mention the British Empire, especially Egypt and elsewhere in the eastern Mediterranean.

One could artfully argue that Napoleon Bonaparte had the greatest impact by a single individual second only to Alexander the Great, and certainly the greatest in the so-called modern era; in fact, if we talk about the so-called "Common Era", dating should begin with Napoleon, say the year 1800 as year one, to round it off.

By the way, signor di Buonaparte was born in Corsica. The island had been a territory under Genoa for centuries, then independent for a few decades, its Constitution written in "Italian", then transferred to France around the time of his birth in the wake of the Seven Years War.

Like many Corsicans, signor di Buonaparte spoke and read Corsican as his native language and Italian as the official language of Corsica. He began learning French in school at around age 10. Although he became fluent in French, he spoke with a distinctive Corsican accent and never learned how to spell French correctly (source: scholarly biographies, monographs and articles on Napoleon, summarized on wiki).

I don't know how contemporary French view him, but my understanding is that there he is largely ignored. If that is true, then understandably so: what an embarrassment!


A French writer Honore de Balzac collected a series of aphorisms attributed to Napoleon, I used to have a copy of it in Italian translation. You can probably find an English translation of them on Amazon.

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Old Today, 03:37 AM
 
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This in an interesting view of the man. After he died in exile, the people of France asked for his body to be restored to them. For twenty long years, England denied this right. When his body was finally allowed to return from the Island of his exile, France built a great monument to honor his return, and crowds thronged the streets to celebrate. No dictator has ever been celebrated in such a way.

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While reading about leadership, it said most are born leaders but recently it has been found that it can be learned.... Im not so sure about that.. but would like some views...but this man seems to have been something else in what France became.. it says he was fearless in battle.. I just wonder how many of our recentl leaders would have been the same....doubt it, Id love to send Tony Blair .



French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was a huge driving force in history, building and creating France to what it is today, and showing a great example of what leadership is to the rest of the world. He was one of the most brilliant military tacticians and strategists of his time and, unorthodox though his methods were, no one could deny how brilliant of a leader he was. He was fearless in the battlefield, and had enough charisma to draw people in with his words. Of course, there are other words that have been used to describe him: tyrant, motivator, revolutionary, ruthless politician. But one of his most enduring titles was that of a leader.https://www.cleverism.com/11-leaders...eon-bonaparte/
"Fearless in battle" is only one component in military leadership. For Napoleon I don't think that's really a factor as a leader as his military experience when he was an artillery junior officer was somewhat limited (mostly dealing with killing this or that rebel force, basically massacring civilians). And by the time he became a senior leader he was insulated by his imperial guard and rarely served on the direct front lines although he was obviously present on the battlefield. So certainly he probably was, he just didn't have many opportunities to show it, that's not what he is known for.

Napoleon's secret was he was a genius, extremely intelligent - able to digest and grasp everything simultaneously. He read and absorbed everything about military tactics as a junior officer, all the military histories, and he threw out what didn't work and kept what did. He was also an opportunists, just being able to be at the right place at the right time and/or latch onto the right mentor in order to get him to the next level. He also served in a world where many of the enemy generals achieved their rank via family or political connections, some thus being outright inept.

And yes he was a tyrant responsible for almost 2 decades of war on the European continent that caused the death's of about 5 million, and turned France into the first modern police state.
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