Robert McNamara was an exemplary manager or leader
The successes and failings in his career
Introduction The Fog of War: Eleven lessons from the life of Robert S. McNamara is a documentary that features the life and the role played by the then US secretary of defense Robert S. McNamara (Political Film Society n.d). The documentary also illustrates the observation of how modern warfare should be carried. It traces the life of McNamara from the birth, the time as the CEO at Ford Motors Company and to the time he is employed as a secretary of defense. McNamara served as U.S secretary of defense in an era period of two U.S presidents who are JF Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. As US secretary of defense, McNamara had to make very hard decision which dictated the fate of U.S during the war. The Harvard‘s Graduate of School of Business Administration was appointed the secretary of defense despite the fact that he had very limited experience and skills on issues related to military operations (Political Film Society, n.d; Mearsheimer, 1993,). Nonetheless, McNamara was able to change the way military operated by instituting well organized planning and budgeting techniques in US Department of Defense. His tenure as US secretary of defense came to halt in February 1968, where he became the president of the World Bank until he retired in 1981. The essay paper is an attempt to determine whether Robert McNamara was an exemplary manager or leader based on the Fog of War: Eleven lessons from the life of Robert S. McNamara documentary. Moreover, the paper explores the successes and failings in his career in trying to decipher the managerial practices and polices implemented by Robert McNamara.
Robert McNamara was an exemplary
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