Eisenhower believed that nothing destroyed the morale of a fighting man more than seeing favoritism in the ranks. In thinking about his experience, he once observed: "Morale is at one and the same time the strongest and most delicate of growths. It withstands shocks—even disasters of the battlefield, but can be destroyed utterly by favoritism, neglect, or injustice." He asserted that the same was true in civilian life.
-Susan Eisenhower, How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower's Biggest Deicisons