Summary of No Substitute for Victory

Lessons in Strategy and Leadership from General Douglas MacArthur

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No Substitute for Victory book summary
General Douglas MacArthur knew how to wield authority. This management advice comes from his war stories. Take notes.


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The stereotypical military general wields authority like a blunt instrument: Issue an order and it's followed. The reality of military leadership is more complex, as this intriguing study of General Douglas MacArthur shows. MacArthur took a deliberate, nuanced approach to inspiring his troops. His arsenal included motivation, knowledge, intimidation, praise and self-deprecation. Authors Theodore and Donna Kinni combine a short biography, compelling anecdotes and a keen understanding of MacArthur's career and personality to build this episodic analysis of his approach to strategy, motivation and management. They include relevant study questions after each chapter. getAbstract recommends this to managers who need to take their leadership skills to boot camp and to those who enjoy good military tales.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How General Douglas MacArthur applied strategic thinking;
  • How he motivated his troops; and
  • How his tactics apply to management.


MacArthur's Strategic Rules
Douglas MacArthur was born in 1880 into an Army family. He served in World War I, became the head of West Point and served in World War II. At 70, General MacArthur remained a force in world affairs as the leader of U.S. troops in Korea. He always employed strategic...
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About the Authors

Theodore Kinni and Donna Kinni have written 11 books, including 1,001 Ways to Keep Customers Coming Back and Ayn Rand and Business. They also have ghostwritten books for consultants and Fortune 500 companies.

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