General Allenby (Field Marshal Viscount Allenby)

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General Allenby (Field Marshal Viscount Allenby)

Does anyone know what sort of leadership style Allenby had? He was known as the 'bull' and had a mixed career. He had success in South Africa where the cavalry used its mobility. Frustration in WWI on the western front – trench warfare and a lack of mobility. Then huge success in Palestine where he was once again able to utilise mobility.
I think he was an intelligent and knowledgeable leader who was a meticulous planner, with an eye for detail. A strong disciplinarian who led by example. What do you think?


Eric Garner
CEO, United Kingdom

General Allenby was a Prescriptive Leader

In my opinion General Allenby was what we call a "Prescriptive" leader. The prescriptive leader is the leader who lays down the law to others and demands compliance in return. He or she is disciplined, serious, harsh, dutiful, punitive, controlled, righteous, confident, a rule-giver, a user of "should’s" and "must’s". They are needed when the group is in a critical situation, has been demoralised and has no guidelines on which to work. Examples of prescriptive leaders from history are Moses and Oliver Cromwell.
T. E. Lawrence described Allenby as "physically large and confident, and morally so great that the comprehension of our littleness came slow to him".


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