H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr., child dreamed of a military career.His father, H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Sr., had frequented West Point, “served in World War I” and later in World War II, rising to the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Army. At the end of World War II, General Schwarzkopf, Sr. was posted to Iran and remained to help “organize and train the national police”. (achievement.org H Norman Schwarzkopf)
Develop discipline and character:
In 1946, the family of Brigadier General Schwarzkopf, Sr., joined him in Iran. Norman, Jr. was 12 and attended school in Iran, and later in Switzerland, Germany and Italy. He became an exceptional student becoming fluent in French and German.
Developing Skills: Attending West Point:
Returning to the United States, as his father, Norman, Jr. attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. At West Point, in addition to his studies, he “played on the football team, wrestled, sang and conducted the chapel choir”. (achievement.org H Norman Schwarzkopf)
A teacher’s lesson lasts a lifetime:
At West Point, Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr’s football team, was taught by assistant coach Vince Lombardi his “49” “Lombardi Sweep”. This game would later become a staple of the Green Bay Packers’ domination of the NFL under Lombardi.
Lombardi Sweep: His ’49’:
Years later, the young Schwarzkopf had become General Schwarzkopf. He was 6’3 “and 240 pounds with a gruff and direct communication style, and he had a formidable character.
This temper and hatred for losing helped him lead his troops to victory in Operation Desert Storm in 1991. “He spoke French and German to coalition partners, showed awareness of Arab sensitivities, and spoke French and German to coalition partners. served as General Colin Powell’s operational man in the field. ” (General Norman Schwarzkopf-ABC News)
General Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr is said to remember and use his own version of the “49 Lombardi Sweep” during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. This football game from his early years was instrumental in the victory of the American Coalition on Desert Storm.
Ron Kramer, a former Green Bay Packer, American football player under coach Vince Lombardi “was watching the news from Operation Desert Storm when he noticed General Norman Schwarzkopf detailing an assault by his forces in Iraq, using arrows and diagrams to illustrate maneuvers. “
Kramer had played the tight end for Green Bay from 1957 to 1964, squinting at his television screen. “He remembered that room. He had seen those arrows before! Kramer remembers yelling at the television screen.
“I wrote a letter to General Schwarzkopf. I sent him “49” and told him he plagiarized Vince. He was in the army when Vince was there.
General Schwarzkopf replied to Ron Kramer that “he had played football at West Point” and shared “his memories of the famous coach”. Related: Sweep Lombardi
To take part:
Schwarzkopf’s first posting was “as an executive officer of the 2nd Airborne Battle Group, 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment at Fort Campbell, Ky.” Then he went to work “with the 101st Airborne and with the 6th Infantry in West Germany”. In 1960 and 1961, “he was aide-de-camp to the Berlin command”. It was a critical period “in the history of this divided city”. (achievement.org H Norman Schwarzkopf)
Earn a master’s degree in engineering:
Returning to the United States, Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. received his Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Teach engineering at West Point:
Schwarzkopf returned to West Point in 1965 to teach engineering. Many of Norman’s classmates had gone to “Vietnam as advisers to the South Vietnamese army”. In 1965, Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. asked to join them.
Captain Schwarzkopf, Jr. worked as an adviser to the South Vietnamese Airborne Division and was promoted to major.
Income to teaching at West Point:
Schwarzkopf after completing “his tour of duty in Vietnam” returned to teaching at West Point.
Lieutenant-Colonel and marriage:
Major Schwarzkopf was promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1968 and married Brenda Holsinger. They later had three children.
In Leavenworth, Kansas, Schwarzkopf continued his training at the “Command and General Staff College”.
Colonel Schwarzkopf “as the American losses in Vietnam increased, became convinced that it was his duty to apply his training and experience there, where they could save the most lives.” (achievement.org H Norman Schwarzkopf)
Back in Vietnam in 1969:
Colonel Schwarzkopf returned as battalion commander in Vietnam.
Doing the right thing ethically: Courage under fire: Vietnam:
During the Vietnam War, on May 28, 1970, when General Schwarzkopf was lieutenant-colonel, he “ordered his helicopter to come down to rescue his troops who had wandered into a minefield.
Some were evacuated by plane, but he remained with his troops. A soldier tripped a mine, breaking his leg and injuring the colonel, who crawled over the beaten victim to prevent him from setting off further mines. Three other soldiers were killed by a mine explosion, but the colonel led the survivors to safety.
Lieutenant Colonel Schwarzkopf was prepared to risk his life for his men. “(Article by Robert McFadden in The New York Times)
Barbara Walters interviewing General Norman Schwarzkopf and asked him to define leadership.
General Schwarzkopf said: “It is skill, more importantly, it is character. It takes action. His do good (ethics)thing.”
In the business world, these are the same four qualities needed to be successful.
Barbara Walters asked General Schwarzkopf “What do you want on your gravestone?”
General Schwarzkopf said: “I want him to say, ‘He loved his family and he loved his troops – and they loved him.’
If you were asked, “What do you want on your gravestone?” What would you say?
Motivation expert Zig Ziglar says, “Compassion, love and sympathy are definitely part of the formula for success. Having the ability to walk in someone else’s shoes is of utmost importance. When you really know how the other person is feeling, you can communicate with him or her more easily and lead more effectively. “General Schwarzkopf knew it!
General H. Norman Schwarzkopf said: “There is nothing wrong with being afraid. And true courage is not not to be afraid. True courage is to be afraid, and go ahead and do your job anyway, that’s what courage is. ”
What are the five leadership qualities that General Schwarzkopf identified, illustrated and taught for success?
3) Take action,
4) Do the right thing at all times (ethically) and have
By developing these five leadership qualities of General Norman Schwarzkopf, you too will become an exemplary leader!