Bedford Boys

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An Evaluation of Leadership Principles from
_______The Bedford Boys________

In deed on June 6, 1944, the little town of Bedford, VA, suffered a tragedy that would never be forgotten. But through the pain and hardship some of officers who led the Bedford boys displayed remarkable leadership's principles. One of the basic functions of leadership is to unite people: bring people together to achieve common objectives. There is truth in the statement, where there is unity there is strength. This essay will offer a working definition of effective leadership principles and discuss the function of leadership as it relates to followers, motivation and power.

In order for us to look at these principles we must first learn about some of the leaders talked about in this book. We first look at a fellow Bedford boy Captain Taylor Fellers. In 1932, Fellers joined the National Guard were he was promoted to sergeant in 1935. Having been a non-commission officer for a while, Fellers decided to take military correspondence course to qualify for officer training. He attended officer training in Georgia, after returning from officer training several years later Fellers would command Company A on D-Day, June 4, 1944. Fellers was respected greatly by the others soldiers of Company A, he had grown up with these soldiers , so he know a great deal about these men that he would leader on D-Day. This was one of the leadership principles that was most important for a person in charge knowing your subordinates and there capabilities. Know that gave him a great advantage for when they began there extensive and demanding training for preparation for the events for D-Day. Along with his preparation, Fellers as a leader had studied the Allied intelligence and countless aerial shots and concluded that his men were being sent to face certain slaughter. Despite the information Fellers had to try to keep his men focus and motivated on the task at hand. Around the time of the invasion for...
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