Napoleon Bonaparte reminds me of a blank canvass that became a mysterious painting as the artist drew and painted on.
Deliverer of the Revolution
Widely misunderstood for his greedy ambitions he was labeled both as heroic and unimaginative at the same time. There is no doubt that the French Revolution created Napoleon Bonaparte. “The Revolution was a lesson in the power of evil to replace idealism, and Bonaparte was its ideal pupil.”(Pg. 29) It opened doors for him to fill in the gap where it was necessary. “ The Revolution left behind itself a huge engine,”(Pg. 29) with no one to drive it. Given to his military skills and charisma, Bonaparte was seen as the best and most suited driver of the engine.
Bonaparte’s early success in military field should really be credited to his right wing man, Loius Berthier (1753-1815). Loius Berthier translated Bonaparte’s vision into execution and managed the troops really well. Recognizing Berthier’s skill as a puppet master, Bonaparte knew to appreciate him and ensured that Berthier was well rewarded with lands and title. Buying time to build his credibility and success, Bonaparte played his delegation cards really well in his military days.
Limitations of a Military Genius
It comes across to me; Bonaparte was faced in a career moment in which he was learning more than at any other time during this time. He was faced with massive opportunities, impossible situations, dealing with crisis and mostly dealing with the unknown. He was at the stage of learning rapidly and at the same time growing as person and a leader. “Aged twenty-eight, he was now, in military terms, the most powerful man in the republic, a loose cannon, loaded and primed, on the map of Europe, whom the politicians wanted to keep from Paris by giving him fresh assignment well away from the capital – thereby of course, risking even more spectacular triumphs on his part. “ (Pg. 35) Bonaparte at this stage was faced with exploring his own leadership territory, executing actions not known to anyone else while under an intense scrutiny of pressure among his peers and people. Just like any new leader, Bonaparte was dealing with great level of excitement for new challenges and fear of failure.
Military Genius living with paradoxes
Moving forward upon Bonaparte’s of coming to power, he has completely reorganized France. He introduced centralized government with strictly structured bureaucracy, improved the state’s infrastructure, founded Bank of France and slowly returning the prosperity back to France. Here he was the Administrator of genius! He proved that he was more than just a general. At this stage, he was still able to delegate and trust his fellow team members.
In his transition to success, as a leader he suffered the consequences of dealing with failure, which indirectly has transformed his personality. To begin with as a leader his personal characteristic was known as “audacious, hyperactive, aggressive and impatient of...