General Allenby was a Prescriptive Leader
Eric Garner, Member
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".