Attila the Hun
Attila was born in Pannonia, part of the Roman Empire; and lived from 406 to 453 AD. He had been born to a family of royal Eurasian nomads known as the Huns, a powerful tribe located in modern day Hungary. Attila and his brother had been named co-rulers of the Hun Empire in 434 AD, although this did not last long. Attila soon killed his brother, and was named the sole leader of the Hun tribe. Attila would then go on to unite the fragmented nomad tribes in his province, and create the Hun Empire that challenged the Romans. At its peak, the Hun Empire would stretch from the edge of the Roman Empire, and North East into the boarder of Russia. After his death, the Hun Empire would collapse and never again reach the size it ...view middle of the document...
The warriors would be placed above all others and the slave class would be stripped of all human rights. He committed countless numbers of hennas acts upon both his enemies, and his own people. All warriors that attempted to retreat would be killed, women a children would be murdered, and cities raised to the ground whenever possible. These acts eventually earned Attila the nickname “The Scourge of God”.
Attila had to adapt and change his leadership style as he slowly rose to power and had to acquire new traits as he moved through the steps of creating his empire. He would have had to have been proactive, driven, and resilient starting in his early years to gain the respect of his fellow leaders to heighten his military credentials. As he was given more power he had to adapt his critical thinking and communication skills to be able to lead larger detachments of soldiers. Lastly, he would have to take on his most difficult task of uniting the tribes into the Hun Empire. For this he would need to become a risk taker, and an agent of change in society that had long been secluded to their individual customs.
Attila shows us that to continue to be successful as a leader, we may have to continuously have to change our leadership style to combat new tasks and obstacles. Above all though, we will need to keep some of our traits concrete throughout our career as officers. At times, being open minded and an agent of change could help us to accomplish difficult goals, but simple traits such as resilience and being personally driven to succeed will never be things that we should become complacent in.
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