Who Was Dwight Eisenhower?

Contributor: Nichole Brooker. Lesson ID: 11348

What qualities make a good leader? Should the U.S. president be a good leader? Learn about President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a military leader who fought for peace, both within and outside the nation!


United States, United States

learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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Dwight D. Eisenhower, while a commander in the U.S. Army, was offered a position as military correspondence writer that would have increased his salary threefold. He declined the offer simply because he loved the U.S. Army so much, he could not leave.

  • Can you imagine giving up the opportunity to triple your salary?

This is a great example of someone doing his job for all the right reasons! Find other reasons that made Eisenhower remain committed to his position as commander, then proceed to rise through the ranks to become the ultimate leader, the American Commander-in-Chief!

Dwight D. Eisenhower was a man of integrity who was held in very high regard by most people.

As a high-ranking military leader, he led the county to many victories, and even helped end two wars. This great leader also led the government of the United States as its 34th president and Commander-in-Chief. Being a good leader takes many skills and abilities. President Eisenhower possessed many important characteristics.

According to Tanya Prive, Forbes, and Dee Elliott Consulting, there are Top 10 Qualities That Make A Great Leader.

  1. Print out the PDF sheet or write down the 10 qualities.
  2. From this list, choose the three qualities you think are most important for a good leader.
  3. Research your chosen characteristics and write a paragraph about each quality with the following information:
    • what characteristic you chose and what it means
    • why it is important to have this characteristic to be a good leader
    • who you personally know who has this characteristic
    • why this characteristic is important for the presidency

Share your writing with your teacher or parent.

Dwight D. Eisenhower was a leader in many aspects of his life.

He was a military man with 35 years of experience and eight years of presidential experience. Create a list of facts about Eisenhower's life, and events in which he was involved as you watch Dwight D Eisenhower from TheUsPresidents:

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To expand your list, read the article, 10 Things You May Not Know About Dwight D. Eisenhower, from A&E Television Networks, LLC.'s History Channel.

You will be expected to put some of the events in order in the Got It? section, where you will compare your list to an extensive list created from the above-mentioned sources.

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