Maj. General Christopher Vokes
And the Leadership Traits
Christopher Vokes, Chris, soldier (b at Armagh, Ire 13 Apr 1904; d at Toronto 27 Mar 1985). He was one of the few Canadian generals to emerge from WWII with a high reputation as an operational commander. Son of a British soldier, Vokes attended schools in Kingston, Ont, graduated from Royal Military College in 1925 and McGill (BSc) in 1927, joined the Royal Canadian ENGINEERS, completed staff college in England in 1935 and, when war came, rose rapidly in command and staff appointments.
Involvement of Christopher Vokes
In 1942, he was promoted to Brigadier and was put in charge of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade where he was part of the Allied invasion of Sicily. In 1943, he became commander of the 1st Canadian Infantry Division and promoted to Major-General. He was the commander of the division during the Battle of Ortona, after which he was criticized for unimaginative tactics and frontal assaults. In 1944, he took over command of the 4th Canadian Armoured Division and fought in the Battle of the Hochwald.
Nelson Mandela's Leadership Traits
- "Lead from the front - but don't leave your base behind"
- "Courage is not the absence of fear - it's inspiring others to move beyond it"
Lead from the front - but don't leave your base behind
Christopher Vokes was appointed the most impossible seeming mission for the Canadians by its allies. He had to lead his own all Canadian Squad to try to attack German Defense lines which was known to be unbreakable. But the allied forces found a weak spot which was Ortona where they could attack considering the only facts they knew. Christopher Vokes knew that if he had said no to it, his nation would lose reputation in the world and be known as a coward nation. But surprisingly in around a few days, the Canadians were able to capture Ortona and drive the Germans out. And so, the Canadians survived and won the Battle of Ortona. Therefore, in the end the Canadians won and received more pride, more resources, and more friendship with other countries then ever because the Canadians opened a door way to the German Territory.
Courage is not the absence of fear - it's inspiring others to move beyond it
When Christopher Vokes was not able to rescue some of his soldiers who caught as Prisoners of War. So, when he came back to Canada, he was trialed and for leaving behind his own soldiers. At that time when he was trialed, people were looking up to him because some of the other soldiers were also trialed and Christopher Vokes was able to get them off the trial and protected from any possible harm by society.