Born in 1769 in Corsica, a small French island close to Italy's Sardinia, Napoleon Bonaparte grew up to become one of the world's most feared military leaders. An icon of the French Revolution and an incredible force in strategic warfare during his reign as Emperor of France, he is renowned as the world's most influential and powerful military leaders, both in his time and in his teachings today.
As such, there's a great deal that can be learned from Napoleon. From his early life, in which he was raised on Corsica, an island that had been gifted to France from the Italians under a year before his birth, Napoleon was exposed to opportunities to learn. One of eight children in a relatively wealthy family, he spent his early years at a military academy in mainland France, planning to be a sailor.
The death of his father ended his plans of serving in the Navy, and Napoleon was forced to consider a new approach to his life. He joined one of France's top military regiments and quickly moved up, becoming a leader in the organization before leaving controversially to pursue military successes in neighboring Italy, including his celebrated and influential Italian-French revolutionary campaigns.