Picking Your Fights: The Mind of a Leader 2 (Enhanced DVD)
It has been said that life is a game of chess, and this is especially true for a ruler. Just like a chess player must know when to attack and when to flee, a leader must also know how to pick his or her battles. In fact, the enemy can sometimes be defeated without a battle. One such instance was the scorched earth policy deployed by Stalin's Russian troops in World War II. Rather than engage Hitler's troops, the Soviet men retreated deeper into the freezing north. Nearly 1/3 of the German troops were separated from the rest of the army and this strategy was instrumental in the Allies' victory. Choosing which battles to fight and which battles to avoid can mean the difference between success and failure to a leader. In this third episode of Mind of a Leader 2, former Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis discusses this philosophy, and how he employed it as a leader.