Seven World War II Leaders Who Exemplify INVICTA

The INVICTA leadership model is our brand’s backbone. The right decisions in each INVICTA True Hero Story are based on the INVICTA leadership principles and on how well you comprehend the materials in the Mission booklet that begins each mission.

As in life, good decisions lead to good outcomes and bad decisions lead to bad outcomes.

INVICTA is Latin for “the unconquered”, but it’s also an acronym for seven key leadership traits.

Here are the seven traits tied a World War II leader and hero who personifies that trait.


The indispensable leadership quality, integrity is that which makes everything possible. A great example of integrity would be Dwight Eisenhower, a fair-minded person of strong conviction. His sense of integrity ensured the Anglo-American partnership that defeated the Nazis.


Kazuo Otani, a Japanese-American who sacrificed himself in trying to save a wounded comrade in Italy, is a great example of the unselfishness that is nobility’s bedrock.


Courage is probably the most immediately recognizable leadership trait. We know when someone shows steadiness and a level head during times of stress or violence. Audie Murphy, America’s most decorated soldier and a Medal of Honor recipient, is a great example of incredible valor.


The OSS was counting on Raoul Wallenberg’s initiative when they asked him to go to Hungary to interfere with the deportation of the Jews. Wallenberg was never afraid to make decisions or to take action. He did the right thing at the right moment without anyone telling him what to do.


The Battle of Midway was key to Pacific campaign. In many ways it was the turning point in the War against Japan. There were many incredible Naval and Marine heroes from this battle – aviators and ship-drivers – but the victory could not have been achieved without the curiosity of Joseph Rochefort, the Navy cryptologist who led the effort to crack the Japanese code and to gain valuable intelligence that made the Japanese fleet vulnerable.


We wrote this week about Luthor Skaggs, a Marine who was badly wounded on the beach at Guam. He crawled to a defensible position and applied a tourniquet to his own leg before fighting off Japanese attacks for eight hours!


The heroes who flew the Memphis Belle are great examples of accountability, which conveys a sense of duty and continuous commitment. They flew twenty-five arduous missions against Nazi Germany before they returned back to the United States for a celebrated war bond drive.

True Hero Stories INVICTA is committed to perpetuating these men’s stories as well as the many others whose leadership needs to be remembered and conveyed to the next generation of Americans.