by tom on March 11th, 2011
“He was quite simply, just a beautiful human being. One reason he accomplished so much is because he made people feel good!” Those were the words of James A. Baker, former Secretary of State, as President Ronald Reagan was honored yesterday at the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas. Secretary Baker accepted The George Bush Award for Public Service on behalf of his former boss. Tributes to Reagan like this are common this year as the country marks the 100th anniversary of his birth … he died in 2004 at the age of 93.
Secretary Baker was joined in the day’s event by former president George H. W. Bush. Both men clearly loved and admired Reagan. The reasons? Besides making people feel good, Bush talked about Reagan as a friend and mentor. Clearly Reagan’s personal sense of purpose inspired those who served under him. Reagan was a patriot, passionate about America’s goodness … and his values were forged by his belief in God. I think it is reasonable to compare a country’s leadership and it’s citizenry to the leadership of a corporation and their employees. Employees, like citizens, are attracted to leaders who walk-the-walk of values and purpose. They get a lot done!Tags: inspired employees, leadership character