Patton as a Leader

Good to Great - Patton Movie Table

Student Name: Chad Wolf

Principle | Movie Scene | Support Your Choice By Explaining How the Movie Scene You Selected Matches the Book’s Definition of the Principle. |
Good is the enemy of great | During one scene, General Bradley tells Patton, “We are a lot alike, but the difference is I’m trained to do this job and you love this job.” | General Bradley was a general because he was trained to be a general; nothing less, nothing more.   He looked at it as a job and just wanted to get out of the war alive.   Patton loved the war and wanted to be in the thick of it.   He had been trained, but he also read about past great generals and even thought he once was one in a different life.   Bradley was a good general.   He obeyed orders and took pride in his work.   However, he looked at it like it was a job and was content with just being good.   Patton wanted to be great and be remembered as one of the greatest generals ever.   He studied and was always looking for ways to become a great general.   Patton felt like good was the enemy of great. |
Level four or five leader | Patton calls himself his own favorite general.   Many of the soldiers that fought under him couldn’t stand his arrogance. | This is an example of a level four leader who is arrogant and takes all the credit when things are good and blames others when things go bad.   Level 5 leaders are humble and acknowledge the people working for them. |
Getting the right people on the bus | In one scene, Patton orders an officer to attack the Germans from the beaches of Palmero.   The officer becomes skeptical of Patton’s plan, and Patton asks him if he wants to carry it out.   When he hesitates and calls it a suicide mission, Patton demotes him and promotes another soldier to that officer’s position. | Getting the right people on the bus is crucial to a leader’s success.   Therefore, you must find people willing to sacrifice and be motivated by your vision.   DeBruyn even states...