Ready Made Leaders

The need to renew capitalism is clear. Trust in businesspeople is at historically low levels and our economy is struggling to make a comeback. Structural changes are needed, as well as each of us to take a personal stand on right and wrong. We explored some of the ways each of us can engage in order to change our poor public image.  

A friend of mine also reminded me of some great examples in our society. These people are consistently ranked at the top of public perception surveys. They are unquestioned leaders, taking on the toughest situations. Finally, they contribute to our country in innumerable ways. 

HeroOf course, these are the men and women of our armed forces. They make personal sacrifices so that we can live securely. They willingly step into to the toughest situations and provide an immediate response to difficult and complicated situations. They serve all of us and make our lives better by doing things we could never do for ourselves. 

These leaders are now finding new roles as business leaders. Their training and experience allows them to step into key roles and quickly make an impact. They only require some specific subject matter knowledge to become valuable members of a business team and ready to make a difference.  

Not only that, they are ready to be great examples and show us how to make a difference as well!



2 Responses to “Ready Made Leaders”

  1. 1 Patrick Hirigoyen
    March 20, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Here’s what many — including those who toe the Republican message — are missing from your overriding message. The great example of those who serve our country, who leave their families and put their lives on the line for all of us — is lost on others. Their spirit, their sacrifice, is based on a sense of community. In other words, we’re all in this together. If we don’t help each other, we’ll all suffer and go down.

    Unfortunately, many in our electorate and among the general population operate from this paramount concern: that the most important consideration is ME, and what’s best to help ME survive and go on. Unfortunately, that says nothing about service and community. Our soldiers have decided that they need to serve their fellow citizens, to support our government and way of life. Unfortunately, those who are not in the military, who are in the stands observing those who serve, don’t share that same sense of community.

    So, they want lower taxes. They don’t want to help their fellow citizens. They don’t want to contribute to the greater good. Their fellow citizens in the armed forces have accepted and embraced a sense of community; they, instead, have only embraced a sense of self.

    It is only in moving away from that sense of self, and accepting a sense of community — supporting all the institutions that make up that community (schools, local governments, community organizations, etc.) that we can provide public service on a par with the men and women who serve in our military.

  2. 2 Jim Bach
    March 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I enjoyed the perspective posted by Buckley. I am currently reading the book The Mentor Leader by Tony Dungy. The posting made me aware that one of the best examples of great Mentor Leaders are the people in our military. Their fundamental foundation is that it is not about “Me” it is about everyone else and what I can do to help them to succeed.

    The best business leaders often to not get credit (or want credit) for their accomplishments. Instead their fullfillment comes from the accomplishments and recognition of what others were able to attain as a result of their mentoring and leadership. With this focus these leaders secure the trust of their customers, suppliers, employees, and the communities in which they operate.

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