Alexander was considered by some to have been a "master tactician" and this can be seen clearly through his innovation and cunning in his battle, from battles including Granicus. There were also occasions where Alexander motivated and inspired his men, and the main example of this was during their voyage through the Gerdosian desert. However, on some occasions during the campaign, Alexander's army went against the wishes of their leader, including the Mutiny at the river Hyphasis, where Alexander did not display good leadership.
In 334BC, during the Battle of Granicus, Alexander used an innovation to trick the Persians. He positioned himself on the right, as "seeing Alexander, a conspicuous figure in his shining armour and his helmet with its two enormous white plumes, on the Macedonian right" he expected the Persian side facing him to be strongest. Thus weakening the centre. The cavalry under the leadership of Amyntas attacked diagonally the strengthened left side of the Persians. Alexander and his Companions then charged, crossing the river diagonally to attack the centre. This showed his innovation and military expertise, which can also be seen in his decision for attacking at night. As JR Hamilton records, "A dawn attack might increase his chances of victory."
The siege of Tyre in 332BC is another example which highlights both Alexander's innovation and cunning in his battle strategy. During this siege, Alexander ordered that a mole or causeway was to be built out to the island, as this appeared to be the most logical route. "Accordingly, he decided to construct a mole from the mainland to the island." (JR Hamilton). Although this siege lasted seven months, once Alexander had acquired the help of Greek fleets, he was soon able to surround the island, he was now able to attack several key points simultaneously from both the mole and the war boats, once again showing how innova…