General Patton, the leading subordinate

Some people work best as subordinates. General George Patton, the great American military hero of World War II, is a prime example. Patton was America’s top troop commander. Yet when hew as proposed for an independent command, General George Marshall, the U.S. chief of staff–and probably the most successful picker of men in U.S. history–said, “Patton is the best subordinate the American army has every produced, but he would be the worst commander.”

More in “Managing Oneself,” by Peter Drucker in the Harvard Business Review. Read it and contemplate your own strengths and limitations. (H/t Amitabh Chandra.)


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