Leaders aren't born...they are [self] made. Great leadership takes much initiative, and George C. Marshall exhibited plenty of it from his earliest days. When he graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1901, it was not guaranteed that he would commission into the US Army as a first lieutenant (like it was a given for his counterparts at West Point). So, what did he do? He took matters into his own hands, went to Washington DC without appointment, and found a way to meet with President McKinley himself.
The rest, as they say, is history. #lessonsinleadership
Read the story here, as written by the The George C Marshall Foundation: https://www.marshallfoundation.org/blog/marshall-commissioning-army/