P.E. MacAllister

A former board chairman reminisces about his education, his time in the military, corporate leadership, and philanthropy.

Born or Made?

“Both . . . I think you take a look at Bonaparte for example. You find somebody who is gifted because he didn’t get much teaching about what he did aside from the artillery in terms of his medical thing. Alexander of Macedon was given not only experience but the most effective military unit in the world to fight battles with in the phalanx so he had a lot going for him but where would it have gone with the average leader and the answer is probably no place. So there had to be a vision there too.”

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