Douglas MacArthur’s Principles of Leadership

Define and Pursue Victory!!

A true leader knows that there is no substitute for victory.  How is victory defined in your organization?  Are you communicating the will to win to your followers?

Douglas MacArthur’s principles of leadership become a leader’s self-assessment questionnaire to determine their true leadership personality and management style.  I encourage you to honestly answer General MacArthur’s questions, and share your thoughts in the comments below, if you wish.

  1. Do I heckle my subordinates or strengthen and encourage them?
  2. Do I use moral courage in getting rid of subordinates who have proven themselves beyond doubt to be unfit?
  3. Have I done all in my power by encouragement, incentive and spur to salvage the weak and erring?
  4. Do I know by NAME and CHARACTER a maximum number of subordinates for whom I am responsible? Do I know them intimately?
  5. Am I thoroughly familiar with the technique, necessities, objectives and administration of my job?
  6. Do I lose my temper at individuals?
  7. Do I act in such a way as to make my subordinates WANT to follow me?
  8. Do I delegate tasks that should be mine?
  9. Do I arrogate everything to myself and delegate nothing?
  10. Do I develop my subordinates by placing on each one as much responsibility as he can stand?
  11. Am I interested in the personal welfare of each of my subordinates, as if he were a member of my family?
  12. Have I the calmness of voice and manner to inspire confidence, or am I inclined to irascibility and excitability?
  13. Am I a constant example to my subordinates in character, dress, deportment and courtesy?
  14. Am I inclined to be nice to my superiors and mean to my subordinates?
  15. Is my door open to my subordinates?
  16. Do I think more of POSITION than JOB?
  17. Do I correct a subordinate in the presence of others?

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Source –

Donnithorne, Larry. The West Point Way of Leadership: From Learning Principled Leadership to Practicing It. New York: Currency Doubleday, 1993. pp. 178-179. Print.
 
 
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