History teaches us that leaders who successfully command armies and navies are extraordinary individuals, capable of convincing their fellow countrymen to follow them into battle and, in many cases, to their deaths. There are great stories of individuals rising to the occasion and leading the masses toward victory, but there are just as many untold stories of leaders struggling and failing to maintain decorum among the ranks and in their personal lives.
Anecdotes of bravery, courage, innovation, and perseverance are common, but the decorum of subordinates and personal conduct of the leaders are rarely discussed. Victory and mission accomplishment usually are the culmination of great leadership, but enforcing discipline and order—the darker side of leadership—is equally (if not more) important. General George Washington explained: