The name Napoleon Bonaparte is legendary. He is well known as a military leader and revolutionist who led a lot of successful campaigns for the French. He was born on August 15, 1769 and his father was Carlo Maria di Buonaparte and mother, Maria Letizia Ramolino. His mother influenced him a lot and it is said that she disciplined early in life and this helped build his character in the right direction. He was the Emperor of France from 1804 to 1814 and was well known for leading a lot of revolutionary wars for the country and widely recognized as a great Commander. He was very strategic in his campaigns and won most of them. This has put his name in the books of history such that even till today, his strategies in war are being studied in reputable military schools all around the world. As a young boy, he attended school in France and was taught the French language. He went on to attend the French military academy and graduated in 1785 from where he attained the rank of second lieutenant in the artillery regime of the French army. In 1789, the French Revolution started and subsequently the revolutionaries overthrew the monarchy at the time and declared a French republic. During this time, he was on leave from the military with his family in Corsica. It was here that he became acquainted with the Jacobins, a political group that was pro-democracy. His family later fled their native land for mainland France following a clash with the Corsican governor, Pasquale Paoli.
returned to his military duty and later became acquainted with Augustin Robespierre who was a brother of revolutionary leader Maximillen Robespierre, a Jacobin who was also a principal player behind the Reign of Terror (1793-1794), a period of violence targeted at those that were against the revolution. He was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in the French army. In July 1794, he was later put under house arrest after the fall of Robespierre from power. In 1795, he helped to stop an insurrection against the revolutionary government in Paris and was promoted to major general.
Napoleon Bonaparte was a very great and influential leader who had certain great leadership qualities that could be emulated. Some of these include: